• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 898

    A group of folios from a kalpasutra


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    A group of folios from a kalpasutra
    India, Gujarat, 16th/17th century
    Comprised of 53 folios, each with text and an illustration rendered in a primary palette highlighted with gold, depicting scenes from the lives of Parshavanatha and Mahavira
    Opaque pigments and gold on paper
    4½ x 10 3/8 (11.5 x 26 cm.), each (53)

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    The Kalpasutra is an ancient Jain text detailing the biographies of the last two Jain tirthankaras, Parshavanatha and Mahavira. It is read by the Svetambara Jains during the eight-day festival of Paryushan, which celebrates the rest Jain monks take during the rainy season.