Indian Jain Sandstone Head of Buddha Tirthankara

12700. Indian Jain Sandstone Head of Buddha Tirthankara

Central India, 11th Century (Jain religion )

A very large, finely carved sandstone head of Buddha or Jain Tirthankara presenting a tranquil expression comprised of narrow, elongated eyes with incised irises and generous upper lids, wide eye beds, curvilinear brows, a straight nose, full lips set in a gentle smile, and smooth facial contours. He wears a top-knotted coiffure with meticulously delineated tight curls covering his head. In Jainism, a Tirthankara is a human who assists others to attain enlightenment as an Arihant by terminating their karmas - a role model for all who seek spiritual guidance. Size: 7-3/4 inches W x 11-1/4 inches H (19.7 cm x 28.6 cm); 13-1/4 inches H (34 cm) on included custom stand. Provenance: private Andrade collection New York, New York, USA acquired 1960's from Knoedler Gallery


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