Nature Divinity (Yakshi) with Dwarf Hermaphrodite

Nature Divinity (Yakshi) with Dwarf Hermaphrodite

c. 100 BC

India, Shunga Period

(c. 187-78 BC)

Terracotta

Overall: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Gift of Adrienne Minassian by exchange 1972.259

Description

Nature divinities, or yakshis, are associated with the life-giving forces of plants, so her headdress includes a dramatic array of leaves and flowers. Her companion, a female figure with male genitalia, is a dwarf who has connections with the fecundity of the earth. Terracotta figurines were often venerated in domestic shrines for the ongoing prosperity of the family.

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