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A Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk - India - 19th/20th Century

Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk

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Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk
Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk

Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk
Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk

Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk
Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk

Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk
Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk

Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk


Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk


Bronze Naked Ascetic Jain Digambara Monk


The naked figure sat cross-legged with arms crossed and hands resting on opposite thigh.

The elderly wizened faced man with a clean shaved head and furrowed brow.

His chest, gouged and chased, suggesting an emaciated body.

Good, brown patination to a well-modelled small figure.


nose rubbed
base missing
holes to underside

Measures; 3 1/8" ( 7.9 cm )



The absence or suggestion of any clothing to this bronze alludes to it being a representation of a Jain Digambara practitioner.

The Jain faith has two main sects
- the Svetambara and Digambara.

Whilst the nuns of both sects and the Svetambara males wear thin white robes, the Digambara monks reject any form of clothing whatsoever and live naked, or 'skyclad'.

Monks of this sect live a totally ascetic life and reject all worldly possessions and spiritually their nakedness shows they are beyond feelings such as modesty and shame.

Whilst all Jain practitioners live hard lives, the Digambara monks live on the charity of others, receiving contributions in their cupped hands as they're not even allowed to own a bowl.



Item no; I-ASCET-02
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