Male Head, possibly a Yaksha

Male Head, possibly a Yaksha

c. 3rd Century BC

Terracotta

Overall: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1986.72

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The large turban and earring suggest that this head may have belonged to a yaksha, a nature divinity worshipped for wealth and prosperity. The small scale and terracotta material imply that it may have been installed on a domestic shrine. The naturalism of the fleshy face and parted mouth are stylistic features of sculptures from the Maurya period, and this work was found at the Maurya capital of Pataliputra.

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