MANDAPA OF A DOMESTIC SHRINE

38.14

MANDAPA OF A DOMESTIC SHRINE

38.14

Description

This lacquered and gilded mandapa probably adorned the front of an Adinatha (also known as Rishabhanatha) shrine; it portrays his birth as the first Jain Tirthankara with narrative panels. The mandapa with pillars and a dome on a double platform has four kshetrapalas (guardian deities) on each base. The cross beams, depict episodes from the life of Adinatha. The front beam shows the fourteen dreams of Marudevi, the mother of Adinatha. The rear panel reveals the birth of Adinatha being celebrated by the Gods with the beating of drums. The left crossbar depicts the life and death of a dancing girl brought by Indra to awaken Rishabhanatha to the transience of worldly life, the inner side portrays his renunciation. The ornate carving compares with the famous Vadi-Paraswanatha temple of Anhilvad Patan built in 1594-96 CE.

Collection

Indian Decorative Art

Object Type

Decorative Art

Material

Polychrome Wood

Schools/Culture/Period

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Technique

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Date

17th century CE

Location

Gujarat

Dimension

Height: 253 cms