The Art
of India,
5th - 12th

Indian art formed distinctive schools that arose, flourished, and disappeared within specific regions of the vast Indian subcontinent. The Gupta empire (c. 320-c, 550 CE) witnessed one of India’s greatest artistic periods, extending over much of north India, and represented here in a small, but beautifully crafted gilt copper figure of the Jina (“victor”) Rishabha (cat. no. 7). Rishabha was the first of twenty-four great teachers within the Jain tradition, known as Tirthankaras, reputed to have lived millions of years ago. He can be identified by his long hair.