A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800

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Lot 112
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra)
Udaipur, circa 1800

Sold for US$ 46,250 inc. premium
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra)
Udaipur, circa 1800
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper; the long sheet with illustrations, including auspicious symbols, palace scenes with kings and gurus, and text at the bottom and verso.
605 x 10 3/4 in. (1536.7 x 27.3 cm) approx.

Footnotes

  • Vijnaptipatra invite monks to local Jain communities. They are generally written in both Sanskrit and vernacular languages and are often lavishly illustrated. This example depicts the life of Udaipur, where the monk is invited to stay during the rainy season. The text is full of different styles, including poems describing Mewar, the towns of Udaipur and Bhavnagar. Some parts are written in Sanskrit, others in old Gujarati/Rajasthani. An extensive translation accompanies the lot.

    For a closely related example, with a similar sequence of paintings, see Pal et al., Dancing to the Flute, Sydney, 1997, p. 127 & 138-9, no. 86. Also see Sam Fogg Ltd., The Coloured Cosmos: Jain Painting 1450-1850, London, 2005.

    Exhibited:
    Museum fuer Voelkerkunde, Hamburg, 2013

    Published:
    Jain Spirit Magazine, 2003, p.38f
    Ludwig Habighorst, Blumen, Baeume, Goettergaerten, Ragaputra Edition, Koblenz, 2011, fig. 6 & 46

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, Germany
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A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800
A Jain invitation scroll (Vijnaptipatra) Udaipur, circa 1800
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