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Jain Narrative Relief Panel

Asian Art

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 not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 87.188.5
CREDIT LINE Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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
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Jain Narrative Relief Panel