Jain Buddha Statue
A beautifully detailed Jain statue in brass, with numerous figures surrounding the Tirthankara.
A very unusual India brass statue of the Jain Tirthankara Buddha. The Tirthankara is in the classic meditation posture, both hands are in the lap with palms upward. Nagas or water snakes (metaphors for enlightened wisdom of the earth and ocean) are shielding the figure from rain by forming a canopy above his head.
The back of the statue is covered with text.
Jainism evolved in a similar time to Buddhism and the two religions have many similarities as well as profound differences. The representation of the eyes and the athletic geometry of the body are typical of Jain statues rather than statues of the Buddha.
Old lettering on the back of the statue.
Dimensions: H20 x W12 x D8cm.