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A seated bronze of Parshvanatha (Prvantha) guarded by Dharana the Lord of the underground world of Nagas. 18th century Indian Bronze

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A seated bronze of Parshvanatha (Prvantha) guarded by Dharana the Lord of the underground world of Nagas. height 8.5 cm, very rare 18th century or possible earlier  Indian Bronze of Parshvanatha (Prvantha), also known as Parshva (Prva) was the twenty-third Tirthankara of Jainism. He is the earliest Jain leader (c. 877–777 BCE) for whom there is reasonable evidence of having been a historical figure. Parshvanatha is often depicted with Naga hood protecting his head. Born in Varanasi when he was a prince he saved a serpent that had been trapped in a log in an ascetic’s fire. The snake, later reborn as Dharana, the lord of the underworld kingdom of the Ngas, sheltered Prva from a storm sent by a demon