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.
Gandhara Buddhist Schist Figure of a Yakshi
A Gandhar carving of a yakshi in grey schist. She is standing with legs crossed, and her left hand raised and holding a flower, though the left is broken. Her face bears a serene expression; arched eyebrows above lidded eyes; aquiline nose, and smiling lips. Her long hair is bound with a headband, and she wears a necklace and pleated sari. A fragmentary halo opens behind her head. The reverse is unmodelled, and the figure has been mounted on a purpose-made display stand (height with stand 33 cms).
Condition: Very Fine condition generally; the right arm is missing and the edges of the halo irregular.; light earthy accretions.
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