I’m very pleased to report that a few weeks ago we received nearly all of the digital images of the manuscripts we requested from the Wellcome Library.
You will be able to start appreciating the beauty of these artefacts in these small photos.
A manuscript is made up of a number of folios. A folio is a sheet of paper or other material that has writing and sometimes an illustration on each side of the sheet. Each folio bears the handwriting of a scribe who used ink to write by hand. Many of the folios are also painted in full colour.
For most of the manuscripts we’ll be displaying on the forthcoming full Jainpedia website, each page (one side of the sheet) has been photographed. Sometimes a manuscript will consist of only one or two folios, because of its age, its material or the conditions in which it was kept before being held in a professional curated environment.
Manuscripts on Jainpedia
The full Jainpedia website will display high-quality images of folios and artefacts such as statues that are much larger. You’ll also be able to zoom into areas of the photos that interest you.
We are preparing full information about each image, such as the shelfmark of the holding institution, original language and the author where known. To help you understand what you see, we will also offer translations, transcriptions and detail about the illustrations and the whole manuscript for selected images.
This is the unique feature of Jainpedia. Images of some manuscripts and artefacts are available on several websites but we are proud to state that our plans for detailed commentary on hundreds of significant items plus an encyclopaedia of Jainism that provides in-depth context for these beautiful photos will make Jainpedia an unprecedentedly rich and comprehensive online resource.
After months of planning and preparation, we now have a portion of the thousands of images that we’ll be bringing to you through the full Jainpedia site and it feels very real and exciting!
I’m looking forward to receiving your thoughts on the sample images.