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Jain treasures displayed at the British Library

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

On 8 October, the British Library launched JAINpedia in a stunning display in the Treasures Gallery running until the end of April 2011.

Consisting of around 40 striking objects from the library’s Jain collection, the display appears in the rotating Sacred Texts permanent exhibition in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, also known as the Treasures Gallery of the British Library.

Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Kalpa-sūtra © The British Library Board

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Free expert talk at the V&A

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Nick Barnard, Curator of South Asian art in the Asian Department, will give a talk at 1.15pm on Wednesday 3 November. It’s free and you don’t need to book in advance – just turn up!

Nick’s specialist Curator Talk will be held in the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s Hochhauser Auditorium to accompany the launch of JAINpedia – an ambitious project digitising Jain manuscripts in the UK.

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Hear about Jain artefacts on the BBC

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The daily BBC World Service programme called ‘The Strand’ on 22nd June features the exhibition of Jain artefacts at the V&A. The curator of the display, Nick Barnard, talks about the exhibits in chapter 3.

You can listen to Nick at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0084t6r

The exhibition opened last month in the Nehru Gallery and is the first in a series of exhibitions at museums and galleries round the country.

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Christmas and New Year break

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The college is closing down tomorrow for the holidays so we won’t be around until January 2010.

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Words and paintings

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
I am Nalini Balbir, the content director of Jainpedia, the academic consultant who is in charge of ensuring that what’s on the website is accurate, comprehensive and intellectually credible. I’d like to give you an overview of how I began studying Jainism and talk briefly about why manuscripts are so central to Jainpedia.

As a professor of Indian studies at the Sorbonne, my academic interests include not only Jainism but Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Theravada Buddhism, and Hindi languages and literature of the 20th century. Although I am fully involved with Jainpedia and have worked for some years with the Institute of Jainology and other institutions in the UK on Jain-related projects, my work in Jainism arose only towards the end of my undergraduate career. (more…)

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First images!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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.

Manuscripts

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.

Kālakācāryakathā © Wellcome Library, London

Kālakācāryakathā © Wellcome Library, London

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. (more…)

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