Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Jainism, one of the three major religions of early India, has been continuously practised since around the middle of the first millennium BC. Jains believe in a cycle of birth and rebirth, influenced by karma and revere a group of 24 liberated souls called Jinas or Tirthankaras, who act as teachers and role models to the faithful. The V&A has one of the most important permanent collections of Jain art in the UK, including remarkable sculptures and paintings.

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Indian Temple Sculpture

Indian Temple Sculpture

This innovative book, illustrated with the V&A's unrivalled collection of South-Asian sculpture, looks at Indian temple sculpture in context, as a…

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