Human Destiny--the Six Colors of the Soul (Leshyas)
Page from a manuscript of the Sangrahanisutra

Artist/maker unknown, India

Geography:
Made in Gujarat, India, Asia
or Rajasthan, India, Asia

Date:
Dated 1663-1664

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper

Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/4 × 4 3/8 inches (26 × 11.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1935-34-11(47a,b)

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Francis T. S. Darley Fund, 1935

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Label:
The six leshyas are the colors, or tints, cast like shadows upon individual souls by good and bad deeds (karma). The idea is given visible form in this image by the depiction of six men gathering fruit from a tree. The left side is the side of evil, or of the three somber colors, with the man on the ground steeped in darkest hate, cutting down the whole tree to get the fruit. The right side, showing good, has bright colors, with the lowermost figure only picking the fruit that has fallen to the ground-- it is he who exhibits the Jain ideal of "purity, compassion, and a life involving no loss or pain to others."