• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 166

    A bronze figure of a Jina


    Price Realised  


    A bronze figure of a Jina
    South India, Karnataka or Tamilnadu, 10th/11th century
    Standing in tadasana on a circular base over a stepped plinth, the torso sensitively and naturalistically modeled, the arms extended along the sides and the face with large almond-shaped eyes beneath incised brows, the metal with a golden bronze patina
    14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.) high

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    Jainism, one of India's great religions, was a reformist movement developed in reaction to brahmanical Hindu traditions and practices such as caste division and animal sacrifice. The 24th Jina, Mahavira, was an elder contemporary of the historical Buddha living between 599-527 BCE. Though often cited as the founder of the faith, Mahavira is considered a compiler of teachings and practices that existed for eons. The central tenet of Jainism is a strict adherence to the principles of non-violence (ahimsa) with followers taking extreme care not to harm any living creature. The Jina, having obtained complete liberation, is depicted naked ('sky-clad'), standing in the yogic meditation pose kayotsarga (body-abandonment), with elongated limbs demonstrating his superhuman character, expressing well-being and emphasizing the spiritual over the physical.


    Collection of a member of the diplomatic corps, Buenos Aires, acquired in 1964
    By descent to present owner, 1975

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