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  • Place of origin:

    Palitana (from a temple complex at Shatrunjaya, next to Palitana town, Gujarat, made)

  • Date:

    11th century (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Architectural Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Part of a rectangular course, carved to imitate miniature roofing above and below a deeply recessed band of chequered cubes

Place of Origin

Palitana (from a temple complex at Shatrunjaya, next to Palitana town, Gujarat, made)


11th century (made)


Height: 12 in, Width: 21 in

Object history note

Given by the Architectural Association, to which this and 51 related architectural pieces from ruined temples devastated by Muslim raiders in the 14th and 15th centuries on the twin summits of Mount Shatrunjaya, Palitana in Gujarat, IM 53-112-1916, had been presented by Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, Ist baronet, G.C.B, C.C.S.I. (1815-1884), former Governor of Bombay, in 1877.
As John Guy writes in The Peaceful Liberators (see reference below) the high degree of stylistic uniformity suggests that these pieces were collected from a single temple, or at least from sites that were contemporary. They are related to known Solanki dynasty temples of the 11th and 12th centuries: inscriptions record that endowments were made to the Shatrunjaya temples during the reign of Siddharaja Jayasimha (1095-1142), a Solanki ruler renowned for his patronage.

Descriptive line

Architecture, sandstone, Palitana, Jain, C11

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pal, Pratapaditya Dr. (Ed.) The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India, New York and London, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and V&A, 1995






South & South East Asia Collection

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