The Nirvana of Mahavira

Historical period(s)
Jain School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 9.3 x 28.7 cm (3 11/16 x 11 5/16 in)
India, Gujarat state
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Page
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

Buddhism, India, Jainism, Mahavira, moon, nirvana, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. A Volume of Homage: A Jain Manuscript, 1411. vol. 1, no. 3 New York, Summer 1988. pp. 38-56.
  • John E. Cort. Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History. New York. pp. 169-170, fig. 4.8.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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