The top pages are from the Kalpa Sutra, which describes the lives of the Jinas. One scene shows a Jina plucking out his hair as he renounces earthly pleasures. The god Indra collects the hair in a golden bowl. Another page depicts Parshvanatha, identified by his halo of snake heads. The third sheet shows the monk Kalaka in conversation with Indra, disguised as a religious elder.
The pages retain the format of earlier palm-leaf manuscripts. The red circles indicate the holes through which Jain manuscripts were traditionally bound.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label