Manuscript Cover


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums
New Delhi, India

This folder-type cardboard manuscript cover is encased in satin silk embroidered on the front with silk thread embroidery depicting images of 14 dreams witnessed by the mother of Mahavira, the Jaina tirthankaras (or any of the 24 Jaina tirthankaras) during her pregnancy.
The 14 dream images which include an elephant, a bull, an airavata, the goddess Lakshmi, a pair of garlands, the moon, the sun, a celestial vimana, a bowl of jewels, and fire indicate that the cover was for a manuscript of the Shwetambara sect of the Jainas, as according to the Digambara sect, the mother saw 16 dreams and not 14.


  • Title: Manuscript Cover
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Kutch, Gujarat
  • Physical Dimensions: L 30 cm x B 14.7 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silk (Embroidery)
  • Period: Early 20th Century

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