Very rare cast iron statuette of Parshvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, from India, mid 19th Century.
Parshvanath, also known as Parshva, is the earliest Jain leader : 877–777 BCE.
This image portrays the Jina Parshvanatha, who is distinguished from the other 23 Jinas of the Jain pantheon by the seven-hooded snake that forms a canopy over his head.
Otherwise, he does not differ from the others and is typically, an impassive and naked figure seated in the classic posture of meditation, with his hands, while holding the kalasha, are placed on his lap in a gesture of contemplation ( dhyanamudra ).
Parshvanath is one of liberated teachers, worshipped by the Jains.
With beautiful dark brown and red patina, has some oxidations spots ( see pictures )
Dimensions : 18 cm x 11 cm
Weight : 1. 690 kg
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