Sep 16, 2019

Head of a Yaksha

Head of a Yaksha

c. 125 BC

Mottled red sandstone

Overall: 48.2 x 40 x 35.6 cm (19 x 15 3/4 x 14 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1962.45

Description

Colossal statues of yakshas, male divinities who personify the productive forces of nature, were especially popular in the northern Indian region around the ancient city of Mathura. They were installed in shrines in parks and gardens, often associated with extraordinary trees. The red sandstone is from a nearby quarry, called Sikri.

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