Head of Jina

White marble
India, Gujarāt
10th-12th century, medieval period
H. 21 cm or 8 ¼ in



Created for the Jain cult, this beautiful head was in all likelihood that of a Jina – or Tīrthaṅkara: an omniscient being who have broken free from the cycle of reincarnation. The strong geometry and stylization characteristic of Jain stone sculptures are here softened by a great care given to the carving of the outlines of the mouth, nose and eyes, and because of the pretty waving of the eyebrows.


Provenance: Private Collection, Paris, acquired from the Galerie Philippe Dodier, Avranches, France.