Enthroned Jina, Probably Neminatha

Date: late 7th century

Culture: India (Gujarat, Akota)

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Josephine Jackson Foundation Gift, 2008

Accession Number: 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.