Double-sided Leaf from a Chandana Malayaqiri Varta series
Whereas most manuscript paintings made in Rajasthan in the eighteenth century were commissioned by Hindu rulers, this painting was made for a practitioner of the Jain religion, probably a wealthy merchant. The image illustrates a Jain text (though the precise subject is difficult to identify) and includes a small shrine with an icon of a Jain savior, known as a Jina or Tirthankara, on the right. The icon sits cross-legged in a meditative posture, and the temple has two white towers of the classic North Indian form. In a nice detail, a small pool in front of the temple reflects the surrounding architecture.
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
sheet: 11 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (28.9 x 20.0 cm)
image (recto): 9 5/8 x 6 1/8 in. (24.5 x 15.6 cm)
image (verso): 4 1/4 x 6 in. (10.8 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
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Karam and Mahata Chandji. Double-sided Leaf from a Chandana Malayaqiri Varta series, 1745. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 11 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (28.9 x 20.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.125.5_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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