A silver inlaid Jain bronze portable altar


A silver inlaid bronze portable altar with a central figure of a Jain Tirthankara beneath a canopy surrounded by other Jinas, attendants and animals

Western India, Rajasthan or Gujarat

Late 15th century

H. 14.5 cm, 5 ¾ ins.

The dedicatory inscription on the reverse is marked Saka 1515 [1458 AD]

Reference: For two closely related examples in the LA County Museum, please see cat. nos. 64 and 65 in P. Pal, Indian Sculpture, Vol. 2, Los Angeles, Berkeley and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with University of California Press, 1988.

Provenance: From the collection of Helen Cunningham and Ted Newbold, Philadelphia, USA.