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Fourteen lucky dreams, from a manuscript of the Kalpasutra (Book of Ritual)
Place of Origin: India, Gujarat state
Date: 1500-1550
Materials: Opaque watercolors on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Bansari H. Jhala
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 1991.12
On Display: No
Culture: Jain

Description

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The Kalpasutra is a standard text of the Jain tradition that describes the careers of certain saviors (tirthankara). According to the text, fourteen lucky dreams appear to the mother of every savior on the night when the future savior enters her womb, and the goddess Shri is among these fourteen dreams. The goddess of beauty and prosperity holds two lotuses and is seated in a niche. She is surrounded by the rest of the lucky dreams such as the elephant, bull, lion, garland of flowers, banner, a golden vessel, and smokeless fire.

The tiered arrangement of visual elements, their decorative quality, the thin lines, and the use of red, blue, green, and gold pigments are typical of the paintings from western India.


Label:

The Kalpasutra is a standard text of the Jain tradition that describes the careers of certain saviors (tirthankara). According to the text, fourteen lucky dreams appear to the mother of every savior on the night when the future savior enters her womb, and the goddess Shri is among these fourteen dreams. The goddess of beauty and prosperity holds two lotuses and is seated in a niche. She is surrounded by the rest of the lucky dreams such as the elephant, bull, lion, garland of flowers, banner, a golden vessel, and smokeless fire.

The tiered arrangement of visual elements, their decorative quality, the thin lines, and the use of red, blue, green, and gold pigments are typical of the paintings from western India.