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Stone statuette of a Yakshi - SK.043
Origin: India
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 31.25" (79.4cm) high x 12.5" (31.8cm) wide
Collection: Asian Art
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: Korea

Location: Great Britain
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This is a stone sculpture of a Yakshi. A yakshi is a female earth spirit, accepted as a symbol of fertility by the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths. She is usually portrayed as a wide- hipped, voluptuous woman, who can cause a tree to bear fruit simply by touching it with her foot. Sculptures of yakshi are often seen in elaborate architectural motifs on the fa├žades of temples and stupas. The earliest examples of Yakshi figures can be traced back to the narrative reliefs of the Sanchi and Bharhut Stupa, which are widely considered as the prototype which inspires all later Buddhist female figures. The stylistic feature of this sculpture, especially the facial feature and hairstyle, clearly shows associations with this tradition.

The yakshi is standing with legs crossed on a lotus base. She wears a pleated sari held together by an elaborate belt, necklace, shawl, and breast wrapper, holding a bowl on top of her head. She has a serene facial expression, with arched eyebrows above lidded eyes, an aquiline nose, smiling lips, elongated earlobes with ear rings. The yakshi's threefold-bending pose (tribanga), bending at her neck, waist, and hips, is a stance that suggests a sensuous liveliness and maternal energy. - (SK.043)


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