India (Gukarat, Akota)
Copper alloy; H. 13 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (34.9 x 28.6 x 8.9 cm)
Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Josephine Jackson Foundation Gift, 2008 (2008.279)
An enthroned Jain savior is deep in meditation, seated in a yogic posture on a jeweled cushion set on a two-tiered lion-supported throne. At the center of the pedestal two kneeling deer venerate the wheel-of-law (dharmachakra), a symbol of religious wisdom shared with Buddhism. Seated in royal ease on projecting lotus supports are the yaksha Gomedha and the yakshi Ambika, attendants of the jina Neminatha, the twenty-second in the lineage of twenty-four historical jinas recognized by the Jain religion. On the reverse is a donor's inscription in a seventh-century Sanskrit script.