[Chaurapanchasika series, Gwalior, c.1500, N. C. Mehta Art Gallary, Ahmedabad]
Do you see the above manuscript? Well, it’s an ancient book with pictures. Technically a paper manuscript with illustrated painting of Orccha style. It is from the Chaurapanchasika series, Gwalior, c.1500. Almost 500 years old! It is through these manuscripts that our ancient texts have come to us. Be it history, mythological stories, scientific texts or spiritual texts. So yeah, it was a great experience exploring books of our origin.
[Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna confront Karna, circa 1820]
Bhagavad Gita (mid 19th century) Kashmir ink,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne]
It is through a long process of deciphering the script and understanding the languages that one finally gets to know what is written in these ancient books. Huh! A tedious task though. But interesting!
[Leaf from a Jain manuscript of the Kalakacharyakatha, 16th century
Opaque watercolor on paper.
Rhode Island School of Design]
(More about my visit will come later.)
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