Detail of Victory Banner (upper register), 1447. Museum no. IM.89-1936

Detail of Victory Banner (upper register), 1447. Museum no. IM.89-1936

Detail of Victory Banner (Jayantra Yantra) showing the gods Ganesha, Brahma, Siva, Visnu and Sarasvati (upper register)
1447
Gujarat, India
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.