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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3020 - Kālakācaryakathā
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3020 - Kālakācaryakathā
Kālakācaryakathā, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (24 leaves) : paper ; 10 x 30 cm.
Manuscript contains the legend of Kālaka, important to the Śvetāmbara Jains and read during the first night of the Paryuṣaṇā, telling of this figure's conversion and initiation to Śvetāmbara Jainism, his overthrow of the wicked king Gardabhilla of Ujjain, as well as his career as guru and renunciant. Manuscript contains an illustration of Kālaka's encounter with his father, when he announces his intention to renounce worldly life (f. 1r), as well as seven other paintings from other events in the monk's life.
Title from colophon (f. 24v).
Written in 7 lines per leaf.
24 leaves foliated 1-24, lower right verso.
Colophon: iti śrīkālikācāryakathānakaṃ samāptaḥ // ba // // mannisomālikhitaṃ // ba // śrī //(f. 24v).
Gold text written over red, black or blue wash in two areas surrounded by decorative, patterned borders with eight panels designated for paintings done in red, blue, gold, and black paint.
Scribe is Mannisoma (f. 24v).
Non-Latin script record.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3020
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 3020
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
कालकाचर्यकथा, १७००-१८५०.
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