Jain Art

Published: 28.12.2008
Updated: 18.01.2012
Alias(es)
Jaina Art

Jain Art

As one of the three major religions of ancient India, Jainism has a prosperous cultural heritage which origins probably dates back to the age of Mauryan empire. Veneration of the 24 Tirthankaras is the most significant devotional focus in Jainism, so the Jina image is a principle motif in Jain art but there are also images of Jain deities, yakshas and yakshis etc., made both of stone and bronze. Furthermore, there is a great tradition of Jain manuscript painting and, finally, numerous Jain temples of different styles complete the wide spectrum of Jain art.

Special Exhibitions of Jain Art:

  • Victorious Ones. Jain Images of Perfection

Location:
New York
Museum:
Rubin Museum of Art
Date:
September 18, 2009 - February 15, 2010
Catalogue:
Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones. Jain Images of Perfection, New York/Ahmedabad 2009.

  • Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting

Location:
New York
Museum:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date:
September 10, 2009 - March 28, 2010

  • Steps to Liberation. 2500 years of Jain Art and Religion

Location:
Antwerpen
Museum:
Etnografisch Museum
Date:
May 26, 2000 - October 15, 2000
Catalogue:
Jan van Alphen, Steps to Liberation. 2500 Years of Jain Art and Religion, Antwerpen 2000.

  • The Peaceful LiberatorsJain Art from India

Location:
Los Angeles
Museum:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Date:
November 6, 1994 - January 22,1995
Location:
Fort Worth
Museum:
Kimbell Art Museum
Date:
March 5, 1995 - May 28, 1995
Location:
New Orleans
Museum:
New Orleans Museum of Art
Date:
July 15, 1995 - September 17, 1995
Location:
London
Museum:
Victoria and Albert Museum
Date:
November 2, 1995 - January 21, 1996
Catalogue:
Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones. Jain Images of Perfection, New York/Ahmedabad 2009.

  • The world of Jainism. Indian manuscripts from the Spencer Collection

Location:
New York
Museum:
New York Public Library
Date:
1986
Catalogue:
Elisabeth S. Rosen (ed.), The world of Jainism. Indian manuscripts from the Spencer Collection, Princeton 1986.

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