Seated Yaksha

Seated Yaksha

300s

Terracotta

Overall: 47.3 x 26 cm (18 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1977.175

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The figure wears a heavy, short necklace and originally wore earrings, of which only the left one remains.

Description

The power and frontality of this figure, whose bare feet are planted firmly on the ground, along with the corpulence of his protruding belly, suggest that the image may represent Kubera, or a yaksha worshiped for wealth and prosperity. Terracottas of large size like this one were usually modeled freely and incised with a wire tool.

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Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Terracotta

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