Publications

Forthcoming
Kim, Jinah. “Illustrated Buddhist Manuscripts”. History of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Forthcoming. Print.
Kim, Jinah. “Brahmanical and Buddhist Sculptures of Bengal: Looking for "Bengal"ness”. History of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Forthcoming. Print.
2016
Faceless gazes, silent texts: Images of devotees and practices of vision in medieval South Asia”. Ars Orientalis 46 (2016): , 46, 198-229. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This essay examines the iconographic and compositional context in which the images of donors appear in stone stelae prepared during the ninth through the twelfth centuries when Indian Esoteric (tantric) Buddhism saw its heyday. When read together with the accompanying inscriptions, the manner in which human donor figures are represented reiterates a maṇḍalaic, hierarchical worldview and reinforces established social relations of the lived world. Taking the observation of behaviors carved on stone as a starting point for understanding performative aspects of otherwise motionless sculptures, this study suggests that specific design strategies seen in elaboration of decorative and architectural framing devices in late Buddhist images contributed to actively shaping the vision practices of Indian Esoteric Buddhism described in many sādhana (lit. conjuring up a deity; adoration) texts. 

2015
Painted palm-leaf manuscripts and the Art of the Book in medieval South Asia
Painted palm-leaf manuscripts and the Art of the Book in medieval South Asia”. Archives of Asian Art 65.2 (2015): , 65, 2, 57-86. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

What was the main principle behind the design strategies developed to prepare painted palm-leaf manuscripts in medieval South Asia? How did various Indic religious communities design their manuscripts? By bringing together surviving painted manuscripts of heterogeneous religious traditions as well as contemporaneous sculptural representations and textual sources relating to the ritual practices involving books, this study suggests that a book was conceived and designed as a temple in Indic context. Taking innovative design strategies of twelfth century Buddhist manuscripts as a starting point, it also demonstrates how a larger, architectural approach can help us understand the art of the book in India better.  

2014
Kim, Jinah. “Local Visions, Transcendental Practices: Iconographic Innovations of Indian Esoteric Buddhism”. History of Religions 54.1 (2014): , 54, 1, 34-68. Web. Publisher's Version
Kim, Jinah. “Seeing in between the Space: the Aura of Writing and the Shape of the Artistic Productions in medieval South Asia”. History and Material Culture in Asian Religions. Ed. Benjamin Fleming & Richard Mann. London: Routledge, 2014. 39-58. Print.
2013
Kim, Jinah. “Emergence of a Buddhist Warrior Goddess and the historical development of Tantric Buddhism: the case of Mārīcī”. Journal of the Indian Society of Oriental Art New Series 28-29 (2013): , 28-29, 49-65. Print. j_kim_2013_marici_article.pdf
Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia
Kim, Jinah. Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia. University of California Press, 2013. Print.
2012
Unheard Voices: Women's Roles in Medieval Buddhist Artistic Production and Religious Practices in South Asia”. Journal of American Academy of Religion (2012): , 200-232. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Previous scholarship on women's involvement in Buddhism in medieval India assumes that women, both lay and monastic, disappeared from the scene by the ninth century. This view may be rooted more in our way of seeing (or not seeing) than in historical reality. By exploring neglected material evidence that shows patronage patterns of Buddhist religious objects, such as inscriptions, manuscript colophons, and visual representations of donors, this article suggests that women played a visible role in supporting medieval Indian Buddhist institutions. First, two objects donated by two nuns are examined to discuss the continuing existence of the bhikṣuṇī (Buddhist nuns) order in twelfth-century India that had a considerable command over economic resources. The second part of this article attempts to uncover the voice for lay female donors and addresses their participation in religious practices in a medieval Indian Buddhist context based on a socioeconomic analysis of art historical and epigraphic evidence.

2009
Kim, Jinah. “Illustrating the Perfection of Wisdom: The Use of the Vessantara jātaka in a Manuscript of the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā sūtra”. Prajñādhara: Essays on Asian Art History, Epigraphy and Culture. Ed. Gerd Mevissen & Arundhati Banerji. New Delhi: Kaveri, 2009. 261-272. Print. j_kim_2009_gb.kim_.offprint.pdf
Kim, Jinah. “What makes a Stupa?: Quotations, Fragments and the Reinvention of Buddhist stupas in contemporary India”. Buddhist Stūpas in South Asia: Recent Archaeological, Art-Historical and Historical Perspectives, SOAS studies on South Asia. Ed. Akira Shimada & Jason Hawkes. Oxford University Press, 2009. 288-309. Print.
2008
Kim, Jinah. “Emptiness on Palm Leaf: A Twelfth-century Illustrated Manuscript of the "Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā"”. Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 82.1/2 (2008): , 82, 1/2, 76-91. Web. Publisher's Version
Kim, Jinah. “Iconography and Text: The Visual Narrative of the Buddhist Book-cult in the Manuscript of theAṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā sūtra”. Kalādarpaṇa: The Mirror of Indian Art. Ed. Arundhati Banerji & Devangana Desai. New Delhi: Aryan International, 2008. 250-268. Print. j_kim_2008_sadaprarudita_article.pdf