An interesting and very attractive seated bronze figure of Parshvanatha, India, Jain religion, 19th. century.
A lovely old figure, we think it's 18th.-19th. century but could be earlier!.
Parshvanatha, also known as Parshva, was the 23rd of 24 Tirthankaras (ford-maker, teacher) of Jainism. He is the earliest Jain Tirthankara who is generally acknowledged as a historical figure. Statues and paintings of Parshvanatha show his head shielded by a multi-headed serpent fanned like an umbrella (As on this figure). The snake emblem of Parshvanatha is also found carved or stamped below his legs as an icon identifier.
On this figure the Snake Emblem is used as a divider of the inscription on the Throne.
His iconography is usually accompanied by Dharnendra and Padmavati, the snake god and goddess of Jainism.
The figure with preferations in the back for incense.
Size: ca. 24 cm. high and weighing 3, 4 kilograms, so quite heavy for the height.
Condition: Superb, exceptional old chestnut brown patina, with some red and inside the base.
Ex. Old Danish Private Collection