Exceptional Jain altar depicting Bahubali.
Bahubali (English: One With Strong Arms), a much revered figure among Jains, was the son of Rishabhanatha (the first tirthankara of Jainism) and the younger brother of Bharata Chakravartin. He is said to have meditated motionless for a year in a standing posture (kayotsarga) and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his a year of meditation, Bahubali is said to have attained omniscience (Kevala Gyana).
This Bahubali was made in the state of Karnataka. It has a text in a local language on the base, possibly with a date. H. 31 cm.
Condition: Very good. Small damage to one corner of the base. Excellent age wear.
Provenance: private collection Antwerp, Belgium.