Jain Votive Plaque, West India, 18th Century

West Indian Jain votive plaque depicting one of the Jain tirthankara (said to be the 23rd incarnation Parshvanatha) finely painted in gold and bright pigments and studded with many small pearls and set within a copper alloy covered frame.  Wear and repairs to exterior case.

5.75 inches diameter

14.6 cm diameter


Jain Repousse Silver Astamangala Plaque, 19th Century or Earlier, East India

East Indian Jain repousse silver astamangala plaque, probably 19th century or earlier, the rectangular offering platform with the characteristic eight auspicious objects in two registers, including the bhdarasana (throne), fruit, matsya-yugma (pair of fish), blossom, swastika, lotus, kalasa (full vase), srivatsa (some wear), all within beaded edges and resting on four short supports.

6 inches

15.2 cm


Bronze Jain Tirthankara, Nepal, 19th Century

Standing bronze Tirthankara (fordmaker),

The followers of Jainism believe in a series of twenty-four tirthankaras, which means ‘ford-maker’ and refers to  individuals that allow their followers to cross over from suffering and pain to happiness and perfect knowledge. They are also called Jinas, or ‘conquerors’ because they have conquered and controlled their desires and attained a state of inner enlightenment.

This bronze standing Tirthankara, self-possessed with strong, wide shoulders and loose, long arms hanging almost to his knees, extended earlobes, and tight curls on the head possesses all standard features of Jain imagery. 19th century

11 inches

27.9 cm


Deepa Lakshmi Votive Lamp, 18/19th century, East India

Bronze oil lamp of Deepa Lakshmi (Vishnu’s wife) who is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.  18/19th century

10.5 inches

26.7 cm



26.7 cm tall

Blackstone Dancing Ganesha, Pala Empire, 10th Century

East Indian black stone (phyllite) stela of Ganesha, Pala dynasty (8th-12th century CE), the elephant-headed son of Shiva in a dancing posture with his eight arms presenting a gesture or holding a different attribute, including a rosary, parasu (axe), snake, broken tusk and bowl of sweets, his ears adorned with tiny conchs and beaded loops issuing from the crown, all below a cluster of mangos and a pair of flying figures, the plinth with another pair of musicians and a small rat (Ganesha’s vehicle) Provenance: former collection of James Singer, Tiburon, CA

21.5 x 9.5 inches

54.61 x 24.13 cm


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