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A SANDSTONE HEAD OF A TIRTHANKARA

Central India, 11th - 13th century. A large and finely carved head of a Jain Tirthankara presenting a tranquil expression comprised of almond shaped eyes with incised irises, curvilinear brows, a straight nose, full lips set in a gentle smile, and smooth facial contours.

Provenance: From an Austrian private collection. Acquired from an important German private collection prior to 1990.
Condition: Losses as seen on the images. Some wear and weathering, beautiful patina. Overall good and attractive preservation, especially when considering that this statue is almost 1000 years old. Modern base.

Weight: 4.5 kilograms including the base.
Dimensions: Height 27 cm with base and 21 cm without.

Compare with a closely related head in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Accession no. EAX.245.

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A SANDSTONE HEAD OF A TIRTHANKARA

Estimate €500 - €1,000May 11, 2019