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03 October, 2012
Essays on Jaina Art
Essays on Jaina Art
By- Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
With an introduction by Richard J. Cohen
Fifteenth in the series of Collected Works of Dr.
Ananda Coomaraswamy in the IGNCA’s publication programme, this volume deals
with his contribution to the study of Jaina Art.
His writings on Jaina art span the entire period of
his active working life as an art historian. He published his first article on
the subject in 1914, and ended with a book review in 1943, four years before
his death. Jaina art and its symbolic inventory held a special place in
Coomaraswamy’s formulation of the history of Indian painting, indeed Indian
civilization itself. He was the first to recognize its chronological place in
the succession of style. The Jaina paintings are not only important for the
student of Jaina iconography and archaeology which are illustrative of
costumes, manners and customs, but are of greater interest because they are the
oldest Indian paintings on paper, representing an almost unknown school of
Holding the view that in order to make these
paintings fully comprehensivible, a short account of Jainism and of the legends of Mahavira and
Kalakacharya, which are the main subject of the paintings is given in this volume.
The chapters that follow deal with the explanation of various terms; Jaina
cosmology; aesthetics and relationships of Jaina painting; the illustrated
Jaina manuscripts; description of the figures; followed by a large number of
Dr. Richard J. Cohen, an eminent American Indologist,
has edited the book painstakingly, consulting not only the author’s authentic
corrections, but also all the material available in the Boston Museum of Fine
Arts and the Library of the University of Pennsylvania. It is hoped that
Coomaraswamy’s seminal and profound contribution to the study of Indian
painting will benefit not only art historians, but also artists.
Dr. Richard J.
Cohen, an eminent American Indologist, was Asstt. Director, South Asia
Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has visited
India in connection with his research work on a few occasions. He was appointed
Executive Director, Indo-American Centre for International Studies, Hyderabad,
in 2000. In 2001, he returned to the States and for some time worked in the
University of Cornell, Ithaca, New York. At present, he is Associate Director,
Asian Studies Centre, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, USA.