India / Mahavira Gives Away His Possessions (top) Adoration of a TIrthankara  (bottom) / c.  1500India
Mahavira Gives Away His Possessions (top) Adoration of a TIrthankara (bottom)
c. 1500

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Creator Nationality: India
Creator Name-CRT: India
Title: Mahavira Gives Away His Possessions (top) Adoration of a TIrthankara (bottom)
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1490
Creation End Date: 1510
Creation Date: c. 1500
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H.4-3/8 x W.10-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 90.29.3
Credit Line: The Helen Winton Jones Purchase Fund
Context: These typical western Indian Jain manuscripts both illustrate scenes from the Kalpasutra. In the top example, the Jina Mahavira, founder of Jainism, is seated on a throne, giving his possessions to an old man. This represents Mahavira's renunciation of title, position, vanity, and wealth in preparation for his life as an ascetic and teacher. The bottom page illustrates the adoration of a tirthankara, one of the twenty-four Jain saints, including Mahavira, whose righteous existence and fine example allowed them to escape the cycle of reincarnation.
AMICA ID: MIA_.90.29.3
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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