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Flügel, Peter, Krüger, Patrick and Shah, Priyanka (2023) 'Six Jaina Bronzes.' In: Flügel, Peter, De Jonckheere, Heleen and Söhnen-Thieme, Renate, (eds.), Pure Soul: The Jaina Spiritual Traditions. London: Centre of Jaina Studies, SOAS, pp. 96-103.

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Jain metal altars can be found in numerous museums and collections outside India. Most of these objects come from western India and were produced between the 11th and 19th century. Although large numbers of these altar pieces exist, an in-depth study of early modern and modern Jains bronzes has not yet been undertaken. While several studies of Jaina bronzes have been published, none have considered the object as a three dimensional form. They either focus only on the iconography of the front side or, where available, on the inscriptions on the back. When it comes to questions of authenticity, particularly relevant for the assessment of the historical value of the contents of inscriptions, it is essential to look at the statues from all sides, and ideally, to also investigate the material it is made of.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Jaina, bronze, altar, Pārśvanātha, pañcatīrthika, iconography, epigraphy, prosopography, authenticity, museum, temple, private collection, art market, value regimes, religious value, aesthetical value, historical value
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature
ISBN: 9781399946865
Copyright Statement: Text © 2023 the individual writers as stated.
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 13:43
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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