India, Rajasthan, probably vicinity of Mount Abu, dated 1160; Marble, 59.69 x 48.26 x 21.59 cm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Jinas (the great liberated souls of the Jain religious tradition) are invariably represented meditating to convey how they attained omniscience and to provide a model for devotees. Through rigorous symmetry and rhythmically abstracted forms, a 12th century Jina simultaneously embodies the complete cessation of the mind’s fluctuations and alert energy.
Image and caption courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery