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Jainism
Victoria and Albert Museum
A collection of special features about Jainism. The V&A has "one of the most important permanent collections of Jain art in the UK," and there is truly a wealth of information on this website about Jainism. The first topic, JAIN ART & RELIGION, has 10 subtopics and provides an excellent overview of Jain art and history; the third topic, THE JAIN FAITH, has 8 subtopics and provides an excellent overview of Jainism today. There is also an EXPLORE THE STATUES section for an introduction to the iconography of Jain scculpture, plus a VIDEOS section with presentations of 8 objects, plus a special section on JAIN COMMUNITY VIEWS ON OBJECTS IN THE COLLECTION. Also an interactive game of "Snakes and Ladders" to teach students about Jain beliefs, and finally, a list of online resources and a bibliography.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/asia_features/jainism/index.html
 
The 24 Jinas
Rubin Museum of Art
Created for the 2009-2010 exhibition Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, this website introduces the 24 Jinas, the founding figures of Jainism, as they are depicted in a 19th-century Indian painting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://images.rma2.org/flash/24Jinas.swf
 
Devi: The Great Goddess
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Online presentation of a 1999 exhibition that looked at the six aspects of the goddess Devi, all-important in Hinduism, but also relevant to Buddhism and Jainism. Informative text organized into four topics: 1) Who Is Devi; 2) Aspects of Devi; 3) Interpreting Devi; 4) Tantric Devi Series. Pop-up glossary and illustrations throughout. The "Tantric Devi Series" features a selection of images from a set of 17th-century paintings that visualize Devi in expressive forms of strength and beauty.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/education/devi/index.htm
 
Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009-2010 exhibition of medieval illustrated manuscripts commissioned by Jain patrons for donation to temple libraries. Also includes bronze sculptures of Jinas and ceremonial painted textiles. With images of 17 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={D06F7C01-0504-46DB-...
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