From the estate of Louis and Annette Kaufman
It's the bust of a jain tirthankara - one of the 24 holy masters of Jainism - showing an accurate naturalistic research and full volumes even if, as a matter of fact, it is a high relief.
The finely shaped face is framed in its upper part by the beautifully waved line of the eyebrows and, at the sides, by the elongated ears that symbolize the supreme wisdom.
The intense, almost severe glance of the eyes expresses the detachment from the material world, as well as all the jain sculptures do.
The hairstyle is particularly precise, with all these small curls gathered in a conic shape.
Expert: Renzo Freschi
Renzo Freschi is an expert in Oriental Art and has extensively travelled within Asia since 1971. He has curated over forty monographic exhibitions on different aspects and periods of Asian art and has published several catalogues on the subject. In 2013 he curated the public exhibition The magic of India, from the Temple to the Court, masterpieces of Indian Art, showcasing more than 200 works of Indian art from the most important Italian collections.
Artiana would like to thank Renzo Freschi for his expertise and assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.