Map of Jambudveep

L/82.2/34

Map of Jambudveep

L/82.2/34

Description

In Jain cosmology the universe is divided into three worlds: the upper, occupied by the celestials; the middle, by the mortals, including all sentient beings; and the lower, belonging to the damned and the disorderly. The most important among the three is the middle world, manushyaloka, or the world of the mortals. It is the place where liberation from the chain of rebirth is possible and where the Jinas are born.

This 300-year-old Jain map represents Jain cosmology with Jambudveep as the island-continent of the terrestrial world. Mount Meru is the centre of this universe, at the heart of the continent of Jambudveep, the realm of mortals.

Collection

Textiles and Costumes of India

Object Type

Cloth

Material

Tempera on Cloth

Schools/Culture/Period

Medieval

Technique

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Date

Circa 1750 CE

Location

Gujarat

Dimension

110.2(H) x 106.2(W) cm