Private collector 
Spink & Son Ltd., London, to 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Spink & Son Ltd. in 1999
 According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Spink & Son Ltd.
Popular tales and lively images played a role in transmitting beliefs and values to the Jain community. The Shripalarasa is a narrative that recounts the wondrous adventures of the Jain Prince Shripala, who travels to distant lands in search of trade and wealth. In this unusually large and vivacious painting, the artist represents the Prince's ship as a British vessel. The inscriptions scattered across the painting, which repetively identify parts of the ship, indicate a fascination with seafaring. The depiction of the Union Jack lends immediacy to a story that took place long before the British came to India.
- Published References
- Pratapaditya Pal. The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India. Exh. cat. New York and Los Angeles. cat. 120, pp. 256-257.
- Lincoln Paine. The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. New York. .
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum