• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 168

    A Bronze Altarpiece with Jina Vimalanatha

    INDIA, GUJARAT, DATED VS 1587 (1531 CE)

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    A Bronze Altarpiece with Jina Vimalanatha
    India, Gujarat, dated VS 1587 (1531 CE)
    Well-cast in openwork with the principal image of the Jina seated in dhyanasana on a cushioned throne over a stepped pedestal, surrounded by various figures and richly inlaid with copper and silver, inscribed and dated on the reverse
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high

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    The inscription on the reverse gives the date this image was consecrated by Acarya Saubhagyaharshasuri of the Tapa Gaccha, and that the patrons were laity of the Srimali caste who lived in Patan, in North Gujarat. Two other metal icons were also consecrated by Saubhagyaharshasuri in VS 1584 (1528 CE) and VS 1587 (1531 CE), and are now in temples in Ahmedabad; see P. C. Parikh and B. K. Shelat, The Jain Image Inscriptions of Ahmedabad, 1997.


    Julian Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972

    Pre-Lot Text