Essay On Jain Shrine

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This piece of art that I have researched, will be writing about, and comparing to other pieces of art is the Jain Shrine. The country of origin that these shrines come from is India. Unfortunately we do not know of the artist that created any of the Jain Shrine’s in particular that are still preserved today. It is suggested that more than likely a wealthy individual from northwest India would have had this small shrine created for his own private Jainism religion purposes. Jainism is a religion of India which is older and was firmly established at the same time of the origin of Buddhism (Jain). The time zone from which these shrines came is the 16th century ("Revealing A Hidden Treasure: A Jain Shrine From India » The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art"). The materials that were used …show more content…
“The details of the shrine are reminiscent of the architecture of the larger Jain temples from this region and here have been translated into miniature” ("Jain Shrine | Dayton Art Institute"). The piece of art more than likely would have been commissioned by a wealthy Jain for private use. A Jain is a follow of Jainism, whom practices non-violent behaviors to work toward individual perfection. The overall goal for them is liberation from rebirth ("Revealing A Hidden Treasure: A Jain Shrine From India » The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art"). The shrine could be placed in his home where he and his family could easily go to carry out their worship. “Jain practice required daily veneration of an image of a Jina, either at a community temple or at a home shrine” ("Revealing A Hidden Treasure: A Jain Shrine From India » The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art"). Another thing to note is that behind the two-doors of the shrine, it originally held a figure of a savior called Tirthankara which is one of the twenty-four Jain deities ("Jain Shrine | Dayton Art

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