This black and white photograph shows a portion of a woman's face against a solid black background. It is a close-up view of her right cheek, eye and eyebrow. She is gazing downward so the lashes and lid partially cover her eye.
Tsuba (Sword guard) with design of dragon among clouds
The flat iron plate with quatrefoil shape and the design of a dragon in midst of clouds. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by two deformed oval-shape holes (for kougai and kozuka). Around the blade hole, there is the carver’s signature. The design of a dragon, among stylized clouds, is intricately carved in high relief; the dragon has almost three-dimensional quality. On the back, the dragon tail, some parts of the body, one claw are peeking from clouds. The dragon coils around the center holes. The rims of the three circles are wavy, as if they are the part of the cloud design. The stoppers on the blade hole edges are made of gold. Some silver inlays are applied on the dragon’s eye blow and some nails.
Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a monk, layman, and cobras
Artist Unknown, India, Sirohi School
A naked Jina sits on a throne with a naked monk to his left offering praise. A devotee sits in a lotus pond that is surrounded by flames, yet his face appears serene ans he holds his rosary. Two cobras appear next to the flames, with a three in the background.
Three arched openings (windows flanking a central door) are obscured by the trunks and foliage of two slender trees positioned in front of the building. Neither the tree trunks nor the building facade are drawn completely down to the ground.
Artist Life Dates
1834 - 1903
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
etching, printed in black ink on laid Japan tissue, trimmed to platemark