Jain Narrative Relief Panel
Recent research has identified some of the figures in this relief as monks of a specific sect of Jainism, an ascetic religion that developed contemporaneously with Buddhism. The monks can be identified by their nudity, symbolizing their renunciation of all materialistic pursuits, and by the strip of pleated cloth that they wear over their left forearm. In its original context, this fragment would have formed part of an elaborately carved gateway leading to a temple of other sacred space.
- Medium: Sandstone
- Dates: mid 2nd century B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
- Period: Pre-Kushan Period
- Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (18.4 x 61.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of India, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 87.188.5
- Credit Line: Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Jain Narrative Relief Panel, mid 2nd century B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Sandstone, 7 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (18.4 x 61.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 87.188.5. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)