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A group of folios from a kalpasutra


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.

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