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The Iconic and the Narrative in Jain Painting: Miniature Painting : Early Articulations: 1050-1350 A.D.; Regional Interpretations: 1350-1550 A.D.

Title:The Iconic and the Narrative in Jain Painting: Miniature Painting : Early Articulations: 1050-1350 A.D.; Regional Interpretations: 1350-1550 A.D.
Author:Doshi, Saryu
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 36 Issue no. 3, p. 31-52
Abstract:The beginnings of Jain miniature painting survive in the form of illustrated palm-leaf manuscripts and wooden book-covers belonging to the 11th and 12th centuries. The palm-leaf manuscripts were written either in ink with a reed pen, or incised with a stylus and smeared with powdered ink. Of the manuscripts executed in this phase, just a handful are illustrated. They are copies of canonical texts and contain only a few miniatures. In contrast to the palm-leaf manuscripts are the wooden book-covers of this period called patlis. They exhibit a remarkable freedom in their style as well as content. The miniatures in these early palm-leaf manuscripts and wooden patlis are executed in the Western Indian Style of painting, and most of the early documents belong to the region of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Towards the end of the 13th century, a new development occurred -- the narrative content of the text began to receive attention.

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