C2 - Chanchani - yogic body (second paper rotation)

Varahi has a crowned boar’s head on a woman’s body.  She sits with her ankles crosses and originally had four arms, the back two have broken away as has the front right hand which had probably been held up in a reassuring gesture.  Her left from hand is held down at her left knee with the palm held facing out in a gesture of giving.  Her body is softly modeled with a narrow waist and full breasts.  She wears jewelry that is in sharp but low relief and includes a series of necklaces forming a collar of decoration and a longer one that falls between her breasts which suggests the sacred thread extending down to her waist at her right.  She is naked from the waist up and the lower garment is merely suggested by the heavier folds at the waist.  Her head is tilted and her chin/snout had jutted out to the left, but the lower snout is broken away.  She wears a conical crown that accents the long diagonal of her face.  Originally there was an arch behind the image which would have supported her back arms, so the imag
Artist Unknown, India, Tamil Nandu, Kanchipuran
Varahi
granite
28 1/8 in x 21 in x 13 in (71.4 cm x 53.3 cm x 33.02 cm);28 1/8 in x 21 in x 13 in (71.4 cm x 53.3 cm x 33 cm)
Museum Purchase
In the upper register of this folio a woman holds a child who is crowned and adorned with jewels. The golden hue of the infant, along with the fan held above their heads signifies the child’s importance. They sit in devotion before a Jina, indicated by his nudity—a trademark of Digambara Jina and a sign of purity.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina and worshipper
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
11 1/8 in x 7 1/16 in (28.3 cm x 18 cm);11 1/8 in x 7 1/16 in (28.3 cm x 18 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
Eight worshippers sit to the right of a sky-clad (nude) Jina and monk. They each raise beads in their hands. Below them a struggle is depicted. Two men in shorts wrestle, while a snake, tiger, and elephant rera up beside a fire.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a community of laymen
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
7 5/16 in x 11 3/8 in (18.6 cm x 28.9 cm);7 5/16 in x 11 3/8 in (18.6 cm x 28.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
This work is a double-sided page from a bound album. The painting, depicting a Hindu ascetic walking with his dog in a pastoral landscape, has been placed in a border, decorated with a floral scroll painted in gold on a blue or pale orange ground; a similar border surrounds a calligraphy panel on the reverse side.  The border and the calligraphy panel are both somewhat later in date than the painting itself.<br />The painting of the ascetic and his dog is pasted onto an album page.  It is surrounded by a series of gold floral borders alternating blue and saffron-colored backgrounds.  Wearing a brown poncho-like garment and carrying a fan in his right hand and a bag of his belongings, the lead attached to his white dog, and some tools in his left, he strides through the landscape.  He wears sandals and has long brown matted locks of hair and a graying beard.  The landscape consists of intersecting rounded forms in shades of green and yellow, surmounted by trees along the top and with a larger blue-foliaged tre
Indian; Mughal
A wandering Shaivite ascetic with his dog
opaque watercolor and gold on paper
8 1/8 in x 5 3/16 in (20.7 cm x 13.2 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.9 cm x 36.2 cm)
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
The drawing is mounted on an album page of a yellowish color flecked with gold.  There is a narrow frame in a slighter lighter tone outlined with gold and red lines.  The main figure sits facing the viewer and is in a long robe.  An emaciated, nearly nude figure faces him squatting with his hand on one knee.  Another ascetic stands and offers obeisance to the master.  One dog rolls around in front of him and another on a leash walks behind him.  There is a clump of bushes to the lower left and a tree to the upper left tops a diagonal leading down to the right with a large group of twisted trees. <br />
Artist Unknown, Mughal Workshop, Uttar Pradesh
Ascetics with dogs in landscape
black and red opaque watercolor and gold on paper
8 3/4 in x 13 1/2 in (22.22 cm x 34.29 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);13 1/16 in x 8 1/4 in (33.18 cm x 20.96 cm)
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund

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