Jina Rishabhanatha Artist: Unknown

late 7th century c.e.

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Rishabanatha, who is identified by his flowing locks and the bull depicted on the pedestal beneath him, is the first of the twenty-four Jinas, or Jain deities, who crossed through the "torrent of rebirth" before the historical Mahavira established this religious practice in the sixth century B.C.E. Like Buddhist and Hindu gods, Rishabanatha is physically perfect and has a halo around his head. As is typical of Jain figures, he is nude, or "sky-clad," a reference to his total detachment from the earthly world.




26 × 16 × 5 in. (66 × 40.6 × 12.7 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased with a gift from Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972

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Gupta period (ca. 320–ca. 600 C.E.), Pala period (ca. 750–1100)


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With Arnold H. Lieberman (Buddhist & Hindu Antiquities), New York, by April 2000; sold to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2000
  • Denise Patry Leidy, "South and Southeast Asian Sculpture, 7th–9th century," Arts of Asia (March–April 2018), 58, fig. 1
  • Phyllis Granoff, ed., Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, exh. cat. (New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 2009), 162–63, no. S-02, ill
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 166 (detail), 167, pl. 149
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religious art

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