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Image of the Jina Rishabha

Asian Art

CULTURE Digambara Sect
MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: Deccan, India
  • DATES 9th century
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 × 4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (23.5 × 11.4 × 7 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.146
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION From Accession Card Brass image (murti) of a Jina, seated in padmasana pose on a lotus pedestal (padmapitha) and resting against a lion throne (simhasana) supported by lions and 2 makara heads. The figure and pedestal are on a rectangular base (bhadrapitha) supported by 6 short legs. The Jina is entirely nude, indicating that he belongs to the Digambara sect. His hair is spirally curled with long ringlets falling from the back of the head to the shoulders and he has pendent earlobes. He holds his hands in the yoga mudra (pose of meditation). Behind the figure is a large foliated screen back (torana) supported by 2 columns. There are 4 other diminutive Jinas seated in padmasana poses, grouped around the image in the center. 2 are placed against the column and the other 2 are on the torana, one on either side of a 3-tiered canopy (chattra) from which hangs long pendent leaves. Seated behind the figure of the large Jina, on the floor of the pedestal, are 2 small male and female figures (to be re-identified). At the right and left of the Jina, leaning against the sirascakra at the back of his head, are 2 standing figures of attendants in tribhanga pose carrying flywhisks, crowned, and wearing short dhotis and the usual jewellery. Small figures of Dharanenda and Padmavati (also to be re-identified?) are also placed against the 2 front legs of the base. One of the legs of the pedestal is missing. The surface of the brass is patinated, and on the back there are traces of earth incrustation. --- Tradition: Jain Sect: Digambara
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