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For Śvetāmbara Murtīpūjaka (“Image-Worshipping”) Jains, sculptures of Jinas (the 24 omniscient and liberated teachers of this world age) are at the center of devotional practice. Images are created from a variety of materials – with stone and metal being the most common – and they …

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Owen, Lisa N., “Sculpture”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190213

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