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Jaina Art of the Gupta Period

Title:Jaina Art of the Gupta Period
Author:Tiwari, M.N.P.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 42 Issue no. 3; March 1991, p. 25-36
Abstract:The Vaishnavite Gupta rulers followed the traditional path of religious tolerance and thus Jainism thrived during their period. In this discussion the time bracket of the period has been expanded to about 650 CE as Gupta art survived in far off regions till then. The Jaina sculptures of the Gupta period like those of the Buddhist and Brahmanical sculptures, exhibit all the qualities of elegance, weightlessness, as well as rhythm and movement. The sculptural and aesthetic qualities of the images also show some regional variations. Some of the most significant developments in Jaina art and iconography took place during the Gupta period, and the area of Jaina artistic activity widened extensively embracing almost the entire country. A region-wise discussion of Jaina art is given in this article.

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