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Double-sided Leaf from a Chandana Malayaqiri Varta series

Attributed to Karam and Mahata Chandji

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES 1745
DIMENSIONS 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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Attributed to 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)
IMAGE overall, 69.125.5_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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