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Special Event

Lecture & Reception: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings

December 3, 2022 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM



Join us for an in-depth look at Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings, a new exhibition highlighting Jain devotional textiles (chhoda) from the Ronald and Maxine Linde Collection, promised gifts to the Fowler Museum. Eye-catching works comprised of velvet and sateen cloth lavishly embroidered with gold and silver-gilt thread, chhoda shine with visual references to Jain mythology, influential spiritual teachers, sacred sites, ritual traditions, and other crucial religious themes. In addition to objects from the Linde Collection, the installation includes devotional works lent by representatives of the museum’s community partner the Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC).   

This event celebrates this important partnership through which the Fowler curators and educators learned about the history, practices, and ethics of local Jain communities.

23 pm:
Talk by
Lynna Dhanani, assistant professor, department of religious studies, UC Davis

4 pm:
Reception in the Fowler Courtyard

This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center of India and South Asian Studies (CISA) and the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion

Visualizing Devotion is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and curated by Lynna Dhanani (assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies, UC Davis), Dr. Jayesh Shah (Jain Center of Southern California), Dr. Mahendra Shah (Jain Center of Southern California), Padma Shah (Jain Center of Southern California), Hemendra Doshi (Jain Center of Southern California), Steven M. Vose (visiting assistant professor, Department of History, University of Colorado-Denver), Syona Puliady (curatorial assistant, Fowler Museum), and Patrick A. Polk (senior curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts, Fowler Museum). The works on view are promised gifts of the Ronald and Maxine Linde Collection. This exhibition is part of the Fowler initiative, Engaging Lived Religion , generously funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Additional support is provided by the Anne and John Summerfield Fund.



Image credit: Unidentified artist(s), (Gujarat, India), Om Hrim Praise to the Blessed Circle of the Perfected Ones, 1965; velvet, silk cloth, gold and silver gilt thread, plated metal sequins, cotton thread, wire, glass; Promised Gift from the Ronald and Maxine Linde Collection, L2022.13.12

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