The iconography of Buddhist and Jaina artworks are often so similar that people cannot tell them apart, and mistake the Jina as the Buddha, and vice versa; or misinterpret an artwork as belonging to a different tradition.
In this lecture, given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the curator of south and southeast Asian art at the Museum, John Guy, examines various Jaina works and shows how we can certainly identify them as belonging to one or the other tradition.
He also gives a very good overview of how the Jaina tradition evolved over the centuries, and we can see some of the most celebrated of Indian art works in his presentation. Towards the end he also looks briefly at the manuscript tradition, and the wonderful works that have come down to us.
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