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A Survey of Jainism and Jaina Art of Eastern India

Debajani Mitra Dutta (Author)
Synopsis The present work is not just a study of Jain art and iconography. It proposes to find out the infrastructure of Jain history in Eastern India, especially in Bengal, from the earliest period to about the fourteenth century A.D. My endeavour is also to make a thorough study of the available sculptural materials from the socio-anthropological view point. It attempts to describe the iconographic features of the images with a view to emphasising the logic underlying the development of icons which appears to have greater historical significance when studies in the light of the great metamorphosis in the religious life in Eastern India, especially after the downfall of the Pala rule. One major difficulty in the study of Jainism in Eastern India, is that the materials sufficient to give a full view of the historical development are taking. I therefore decided to Marshall all forms of available evidence, literary, archaeological, oral, mythical, which may be used for the purpose of objective history of Jainism, Jain Art and iconography of this region. Images have been referred to as a means of supplementing the views put forward in this work. Separate descriptive list has been added to make the work comprehensive.
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About the author

Debajani Mitra Dutta

Dr. Devajani Mitra Dutta is art historian, a musicologist, her area of specialization being the history of Indian art and craft from the early period to the modern time. She has a Bachelors degree from Visvabharati, a Masters degree from the Calcutta University and a Ph.D. from Calcutta University. Her publications include articles to Journal and seminar Volumes, and a monograph on Phulkari Craft. At present she is a Senior Documentation Assistant at the Art Section, Indian Museum, Kolkata.

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Title A Survey of Jainism and Jaina Art of Eastern India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher R.N. Bhattacharya
Language: English
isbn 8187661372
length viii+134p., 60 Plates; Maps; References; Bibliography; Index; 27cm.