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Title

Jain invitation scroll

circa 1760

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Rajasthan India
    Cultural origin
    probably Sirohi
    Date
    circa 1760
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    gouache on prepared cotton, Sanskrit in black and red Devanagari script; seven painted scenes; green border with floral motif
    Dimensions
    822.0 x 29.0 cm
    Credit
    Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2006
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    285.2006
    Copyright

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  • About

    This impressive scroll painting is at once a lengthy letter of invitation and a promotional banner. Such scrolls were routinely sent by a community to invite Jain monks to spend the rainy season at their town or village. To attract the most distinguished holy men, the pictures advertised major attractions that a town had to offer and highlighted the pious nature of its community. This scroll from Sirohi, an important centre of Jainism even today, includes pictures of rulers and royal processions, scenes of worship at important shrines and illustrations of commerce at the town’s bazaars.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions