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Sultanate period (13th–16th century) The monk Kalaka with the god Indra
page from a Jain manuscript
late 15th century
Collection Title: The Story of the Monk Kalaka [Kalakacharyakatha] manuscript
Place made: Gujarat or Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, manuscripts, paint, ink and gold on paper; painting
Dimensions: 11.0 h x 29.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.1453

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