Nature Divinity (Yakshi)

Nature Divinity (Yakshi)

c. AD 75

Mottled red sandstone

Overall: 127.6 x 49 x 25.4 cm (50 1/4 x 19 5/16 x 10 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1968.104


This powerful figure personifies the ideal of the young mother in the form of a nature goddess associated with birth and nourishment. Her iconic stance with the weight equally distributed on both feet indicates that this statue was an object of worship. Her extraordinary headdress, well preserved in the back, and full complement of jewels and ornaments, point to the idea of wealth, which leads to prosperity.

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