Jina Ajitanatha and His Divine Assembly
Asia: India, Gujarāt
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Because he wears clothing, this Jina can be associated with the Shvetambara (white-clad) order of Jainism. The inscription identifies him as Ajitanatha, the second of the twenty-four liberated teachers revered by all Jains. He stands in the conventional body-abandonment pose, in which his arms hang to the sides without touching his body. He is surrounded by a host of deities and celestial attendants, while the devout donors are seated at his feet.


  • Title: Jina Ajitanatha and His Divine Assembly
  • Date: 1062
  • Medium: White marble with traces of pigment
  • Dimensions: 59 x 20 x 6 in. (149.9 x 50.8 x 15.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon
  • Accession Number: M.1998.1.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India

  • Kimbell Art Museum, 1995-03-05 to 1995-05-28
  • New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1995-07-15 to 1995-09-17
  • London, England, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1995-11-22 to 1996-02-18
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1994-11-06 to 1995-01-22
  • Roy, N. and L. Owen, Minerva, pp. 33-37
  • Markel, Stephen, Arts of Asia, pp. 71-82
  • Pal, P. et al., The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India, pp. 31, 145, 259
  • Knoke, Christine, Arts of Asia, p. 65
  • Sotheby's, 1997,
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 127 pp. 166-167
  • McArthur, Meher, The Arts of Asia: A Guide to the Materials, Techniques and Styles, 2005, pp. 232-233
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1065 p. 368
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