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[JAINISM].

[Paintings from a Jain 'Heaven and Hell' series.

Stock Code
106928
India, Gujarat (ý), 1780
£1,750

Hell and purgatory in Jainism, called Naraka, are realms of cosmology that are characterised my great suffering. There are seven realms of this universe, that are all situated in the 'lower levels' (adho lok), and they are all inhabited by various types of hellish beings. These beings contribute to the various types of suffering one might endure in a vision of Jain hell, including bodily pain, soul colouring (as seen by the dark figures depicted thus), physical transformation and pain inflicted on one other and torture inflicted by mansion-dwelling demi-gods and animals (such as the demons, snakes and scorpions depicted in these illustrations).

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.

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Description

three leaves, watercolours on fibrous paper, each depicting a scene from the Jain vision of hell, each circa 110 x 265 mm; each image framed within red painted border, lower edges lacking, reverses blank, some light finger soiling and rubbing, overall bright and attractive examples; three together floated in a window mount.

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