Cover of a Jain Manuscript

2009.479

Cover of a Jain Manuscript

2009.479

Description

The cover of the manuscript are beautifully embroidered with the ashtamangalas (eight auspicious signs viz. Swastika (represents sun, prosperilty and good luck), Shrivasta (an auspicious sign), Nandhyavarta (complex swastika), Vardhamanaka (sharav- shallow earthen dish), Bhadrasana(a holy seat), Kalasha (holy-pitcher), Minyugala (fish-couple) and Darpana (mirror). There are some variations in ashtamangalas among different Jain traditions, which have a lot of importance in Jainism.

Every Jain is expected to draw these symbols with unbroken rice grains before the images of Tirthankaras. The ashtamangalas are also depicted on religious textiles, temple carvings and temple furniture.

Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Collection.

Collection

Textiles and Costumes of India

Object Type

Manuscript covers

Material

Cotton cloth and threads

Schools/Culture/Period

Gujarat

Technique

Chain stitch embroidery on cloth

Date

19th Century CE

Location

Gujarat

Dimension

29 x 9.4 cms.