Jain Narrative Relief Panel
On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
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.
mid 2nd century B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.188.5_bw.jpg)
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