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Islamic Elements in Jain Manuscript Illustration An Age of Splendour - Islamic Art in India,

Title:Islamic Elements in Jain Manuscript Illustration An Age of Splendour - Islamic Art in India,
Author:Doshi, Saryu
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 35-2, p. 114-121
Abstract:A stylistic change of some magnitude occurred in c. 1350-75, when the tradition of manuscript illustration manifested a new elan. This is the result of external stimuli, which arose specifically from contact with objects imported from Islamic countries and the observation of life and manners at the courts of the Muslim Sultans. The stylistic changes that occurred as result of creative contact with Persian painting are the introduction of paper in place of palm-leaf as the carrier of the manuscripts as well as the refinement in the quality of line and colour. Islamic influences on Jain manuscripts painted in the Western Indian Style in western India (Gujarat-Rajasthan) are seen in the depiction of rocks and trees, in refinements in technique and in the development in the Sahi type of figures. In northern India (Delhi-Gwalior), on the other hand the Western Indian Style was influenced by certain landscape conditions and style of dress as well as in establishing an easy relationship between the written and illustrated areas of the manuscript.

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