Queen Trisala on Her Couch
On View In:
Gallery 211
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Queen Trisala on Her Couch  
Date:   c. 1500  
Medium:   Opaque watercolor and gold on paper  
Dimensions:   4 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (11.43 x 27.31 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Helen Winton Jones Purchase Fund  
Location:   Gallery 211  

Growing contacts between northern Indian and the Islamic cultures of Mamluk Egypt and Timurid Persia transformed Jain manuscript painting during the fifteenth century. Paper, introduced from Persia in the twelfth century, gained popularity and by 1350 had replaced palm leaves as the preferred ground for Jain album painting. The importation of illustrated Islamic manuscripts, decorative book bindings, and luxury carpets enriched the visual vocabulary of the Indian subcontinent. The more generous paper format permitted artists to develop ornamental border decorations like those seen here. Continuous-knot designs, the deep crimson ground, and floral medallions are further indications of Persian influence on Jain manuscript illumination.

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Folio from a Kalpasutra manuscript; ornamental border decoration  
Creation Place:   Asia, India, Gujarat, ,  
Accession #:   90.28  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts