Manuscript cover

Indian (Jaina)
16th century

Object Place: India


Overall: 55 x 55 cm (21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave embroidered with silk

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Jaina manuscript cover of loosely woven white cotton covered originally with a design of groups of two and three diamonds worked with tapestry stitch and bright red, salmon pink, light green, two shades of yellow, dark blue and black silk. Much of the black and white silks have worn off leaving the cotton ground exposed.


1913, purchased from the library of Puj Kripa Rishi, a Jaina priest, Patti, Panjab by Ananda Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection