[Painting from a Jain 'Heaven and Hell' series.
India, Gujarat (?), late eighteenth century].
Illustrations such as these would have been included with Jain manuscripts and their purpose would have been to warn the readers of evil and the effects of bad Karma on the eternal soul.
Single leaf, watercolour on fibrous paper, depicting a scene from the Jain vision of hell, circa 115 x 265 mm; image framed within contemporary red painted border, reverse blank, some light finger soiling and rubbing, overall bright and attractive example; floated in modern card mount.
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