Two (2) Indian bronze figural items, including Jain shrine and Yakshi. 1st item: Indian Jain Bronze figural shrine depicting Parsvanatha seated in the lotus position on a cushioned lion throne with bird emblem under a cobra canopy, flanked by other figures including yakshi, elephants, and cobras, with finial at the top. Extensive inscriptions en verso. 7 3/8" H. Acquired from Simon Kriger, Inc., Washington DC (old label to interior of base attributing this piece to the 14th century). Note: Simon Kriger was known as a collector and purveyor of Asian antiques. He was born 1900 in the Russian emigre community in Harbin, China and became an investment banker in the French Concession of Shanghai. By 1938, he relocated to Washington D.C., where he founded The Asian Cultural Exchange Foundation, aimed at fostering cultural exchange between Asia and the United States. He exhibited some of his objects at various universities and donated others to the Freer and Smithsonian Collections. His eponymous shop specializing in Asian art was located just steps from the White House in Washington D.C. 2nd item: Indian bronze figure of a Yakshi (female earth spirit, symbol of fertility) mounted to a later ebonized wood base. 8 1/3" H bronze, 11 1/4" H including base. Provenance: The Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville/Cottontown, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Considerable surface wear and some oxidation, no damage noted. 2nd item: 3 small areas of possible repairs to lower leg area, two surface gouges on hip and upper thigh. Subjects hands may have originally held cups, now missing. Chip and some grime to base.
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