Overview for Jaina Paintings
This work presents a set of Jaina paintings in the State Museum, Lucknow, depicting life-episodes of Neminatha--a popular theme with Jaina writers and painters. Majority of the paintings bear label-inscriptions in Rajasthani dialect related with the theme of the paintings. All the paintings and the inscriptions have been illustrated. The 'Introduction' deals with the general features of the paintings. This is followed by the description of the painting and identification of the theme, one by one. The sequence followed is: description of the painting, text of the inscription, rendering of the text in khadi boli, and its English translation. The episodes of the paintings have been compared with literary evidence and other paintings on the same theme published earlier, and similarities and differences have been highlighted. Some paintings demonstrate superiority of Neminatha over Krsna, who according to the Jaina tradition was his cousin. The showing of more than one episode in the same painting in the style of continuous narration, and the anomaly between what the painting shows and what the inscription describes, in a few cases, have been highlighted. The language and orthography of the inscriptions and the silpshodness in their composing have been commented upon in the appendix, at the end of the book.
K K Thaplyal (Author)
Professor Kiran Kumar Thaplyal (b. 1936), after obtaining first class first Masters degree in ancient Indian History and Archaeology (1957) from Lucknow University, served the Archaeological Survey of India for about three years (1957-60) where he was in charge of archaeological antiquities and participated in archaeological excavations at Lothal, Alamgirpur, Gilund and Ujjain. Thereafter, in 1960, he joined Lucknow University as lecturer and taught there till his superannuation in 1996 as Professor and Head of the Department of ancient Indian History and Archaeology, and Dean, Faculty of Arts. He was Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, shimla (1991-93). He is a recipient of the â€˜Brahmiâ€™ award (one lakh rupees and a citation) for his contribution to various fields of Indology. The nine books authored by professor Thaplyal include Studies in Ancient Indian Seals (Ph.D. dissertation), Inscriptions of the Mmaukharis, Later Guptas, Pushpabhutis and Yasovarman of Kanauj, Sindhu Sabhyata, Jaiina Paintings, Guilds in ancient India and Coins of Ancient India. He has published a number of papers and edited Select Battles in Indian History in two volumes.