A Jain scroll, Vijnaptipatra
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A Jain scroll, Vijnaptipatra


A Jain scroll, Vijnaptipatra
India, Rajasthan, circa 1835
A long scroll with colorful illustrations, including auspicious symbols, palace scenes with kings and gurus, and text at the bottom
Opaque pigments, gold and silver on wasli
11¼ x 342½ in. (28.5 x 870 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Vijnaptipatra are letters sent to Jain monks by a community, inviting the spiritual leaders to spend the monsoon in their hospitality. For a closely related example, with a similar sequence of paintings, see P. Pal et al., Dancing to the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art, 1997, p. 127, 138-139, cat. no. 86.

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