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A group of monks having a meal, from a manuscript of the Uttaradhyayanasutra (Book of Sermons)
Place of Origin: India, Gujarat state
Date: approx. 1425
Materials: Opaque watercolors on paper
Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in x W. 10 1/4 in, H. 11.1 cm x W. 26.0 cm (image)
Credit Line: Gift of Gursharan and Elvira Sidhu
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 1993.126
On Display: No
Culture: Jain

Description

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This painting shows a communal meal at a monastery. The large seated figure at the left is identifiable as a high-ranking teacher by his pose and hand gestures, and by the relatively smaller scale of the monks facing him. The text upon which this is based is mainly about monastic life and the proper behavior of Jain monks, who are expected to live in strict self-denial.

The page here derives its narrow horizontal format from older manuscripts that were written on palm leaves and held together by cords through the pages. Although this copy is made of paper, and could have been in any size, Jain manuscripts retained traditional formats and details,such as the red circles that recall holes for binding cords.

The Uttaradhyayanasutra, an important text of the Shvetambara Jain religious tradition, includes sermons believed to be the last ones by Mahavira, founder of the Jain faith.


Label:

This painting shows a communal meal at a monastery. The large seated figure at the left is identifiable as a high-ranking teacher by his pose and hand gestures, and by the relatively smaller scale of the monks facing him. The text upon which this is based is mainly about monastic life and the proper behavior of Jain monks, who are expected to live in strict self-denial.

The page here derives its narrow horizontal format from older manuscripts that were written on palm leaves and held together by cords through the pages. Although this copy is made of paper, and could have been in any size, Jain manuscripts retained traditional formats and details,such as the red circles that recall holes for binding cords.

The Uttaradhyayanasutra, an important text of the Shvetambara Jain religious tradition, includes sermons believed to be the last ones by Mahavira, founder of the Jain faith.