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Manuscript page - Sangrahanisutra


  • Object:

    Manuscript page

  • Place of origin:

    India (Western, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in ink and paint on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Sangrahanisutra is a cosmological text composed in 1136 by Shrichandra that includes Jain ideas about the structure of the universe and the mapping of space. The manuscript, made in the eighteenth century, includes illustrations and cosmic diagrams. This folio has text but is not illustrated.

Physical description

A complete illustrated manuscript of the Samgrahanisutra or Sangrahanisutra, a Jain cosmographical text in Sanskrit composed in A.D.1136 by Shrichandra Muni, whose name appears on f.52 of this copy. The work is also named at the end as the Trailokya dipi, which is more usually applied to the Sangrahani Sutra of Jinabhadragani Kshamashramana, the earliest work of this class. The work is accompanied by an interlinear text in smaller devanagari script, which is possibly the commentary of Devabhadra. This manuscript is written on 56 oblong folios of paper of which two folios (10a and 12a) are not numbered, the last numbered folio being 54. The outer folios are of double thickness and decorated with a central ogee medallion and floral motifs on their outer faces. The copy is undated but appears to have been written and illustrated in Western India during the 18th century.
This folio (1) recto is a chitraprshthika painting (a cover design).
Folio 1 verso (numbered 1) is text.

Place of Origin

India (Western, made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in ink and paint on paper


Length: 25.4 cm, Width: 11.7 cm

Descriptive line

Manuscript page, Sangrahanisutra, ink and paint on paper, Western India, 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Moti Chandra and U.P.Shah, ' New Documents of Jaina Painting'.
Shri Mahavira Jaina Vidalaya Golden Jubilee Volume (Bombay 1968), Pt. I, p.39.
Balbir, N. et al, 'Catalogue of the Jain Manuscripts of the British Library including the holdings of the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum'. London, British Library and Institute of Jainology, 2006. Vol 1, pp.38-39, Vol 2, pp.275-276, cat. no. 339.


Ink; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Cosmography; Jain


Jain; Religion; Manuscripts; Illustration; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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