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Mahavira as a young man on an elephant, Mahavira and friend at school in front of Indra (Shakra), from a manuscript of the Kalpasutra (Book of Ritual)
Place of Origin: India
Date: approx. 1450
Object Name: Manuscript page
Materials: Ink, opaque watercolors, and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in x W. 10 1/2 in, H. 11.4 cm x W. 26.6 cm Each page
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. David Buchanan, Ms. Jane Lurie, and Dr. Joanna Williams
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 1995.58.20
On Display: No
Culture: Jain

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Label: In this painting can be seen the founder of the Jain religion, who is known as Mahavira ("Great Hero"), riding a decorated elephant. The elephant wears a sort of saddle held in place by girth ropes. The elephant's trunk, body, and feet appear to be brightly painted, as they often were in parades and festivals.

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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery
Label: In this painting can be seen the founder of the Jain religion, who is known as Mahavira ("Great Hero"), riding a decorated elephant. The elephant wears a sort of saddle held in place by girth ropes. The elephant's trunk, body, and feet appear to be brightly painted, as they often were in parades and festivals.
Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery