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Pure Souls: The Jain Path To Perfection

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07/31/2014

Pure Souls: The Jain Path to Perfection

Asian Paintings Gallery

August 9–November 30, 2014

Paintings made for followers of Jainism, a religion that emerged alongside Buddhism in the sixth century B.C., are among the most visually striking of all Indian art. They include large and colorful maps of the cosmos, depictions of the lives of Jain saints, and images of sacred Sanskrit syllables used for meditation. This exhibition presents a group of Jain paintings that have rarely been exhibited at the MFA—early illustrated manuscripts and newly restored cloth paintings—together with embroidered book covers and select sculptures. Together, these objects illuminate the potent sacred world of the Jain religion. With support from the Patricia B. Jacoby Exhibition Fund.

(Indra praising Mahavira (detail), folio from the “Devasano Pado” Kalpa Sutra, Gujarat, India, about 1475. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Gift of John Goelet. )

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