Detail of Victory Banner (Jayantra Yantra) showing the gods Ganesha, Brahma, Siva, Visnu and Sarasvati (upper register)
Gouache, ink and gold on cotton
Museum no. IM.89-1936
The Hindu and Buddhist goddess of knowledge, Sarasvati, was incorporated into the Jain pantheon at a very early date. She remains one of the most important goddesses, due no doubt to the Jains' belief in the central role of knowledge in gaining the profound wisdom necessary to break the cycle of rebirth.