Seated Jain statue as displayed

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Title

Seated Jain statue as displayed

Subject

Arts; Arts-Sculpture; Religions-Jainism;

Description

Marble with details painted in black, gold and blue. 19 x 15 inches. This figure, of fine quality, represents a type seen often in Jain art and frequently found in western collections. This image depicts a Jina (victor) that is religious ideal of Jain religion: this is one who is victorious over death, who has achieved spiritual knowledge--similar to the Buddha. They are also known as Tirthankara (Ford Crosser)--that is, one who has crossed to the other side (that is, beyond death). Jains recognize 24 Tirthankaras; the twenty-fourth lived at about the same time as the Buddha and thus was part of same intellectual-spiritual milieu that gave rise to Buddhism. Just as Jains accept many of same principles as Buddhists, the earliest images of Jinas arose in the same time and place as the earliest Budda images. Jinas resemble Buddhas to a great degree: shown in meditation and in yogic posture; Jinas, however, are depicted nude (unlike Buddhas)--'sky clad' being indicative of practice of extreme asceticism. Standing Jinas are always depicted stiffly upright, with unbending posture; in the Jina this distinctive posture communicates the unwavering intent and practice of his austerities, of his spiritual focus.
Donated by Mrs. Erna Manderman

Contributor

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Relation

soclaa001015

Format

Image/jpg

Type

Still image

Identifier

soclaa001016

Coverage

India
India - Colonial 1765 - 1947
19th century

Files

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Citation

“Seated Jain statue as displayed,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 11, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/1095.