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Enthroned Jina, Probably Neminatha

Date:
late 7th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat, Akota)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Josephine Jackson Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.279
  • Description

    An enthroned Jain savior is deep in meditation, seated in a yogic posture on a jeweled cushion set on a two-tiered lion-supported throne. At the center of the pedestal two kneeling deer venerate the wheel-of-law (dharmachakra), a symbol of religious wisdom shared with Buddhism. Seated in royal ease on projecting lotus supports are the yaksha Gomedha and the yakshi Ambika, attendants of the jina Neminatha, the twenty-second in the lineage of twenty-four historical jinas recognized by the Jain religion. On the reverse is a donor's inscription in a seventh-century Sanskrit script.

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