naked figure sat cross-legged with arms crossed and hands resting on
The elderly wizened faced man with a clean shaved head and furrowed
His chest, gouged and chased, suggesting an emaciated body.
Good, brown patination to a well-modelled small figure.
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.