Relief Panel (Yakshi in sandstone)

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Acquired in 1964 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Published:R.Skelton: 'An Indian Tree Spirit' in V&A Museum Bulletin vol I, no 3, July 1965.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0200-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Carved relief panel, mottled red Sandstone, Mathura, Eastern India, 2nd century AD
dimensions
Height: 20.9 in, Width: 7.8 in, Depth: 4.5 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Part of a stupa railing pillar. Mottled red sandstone. The pillar has been split down the centre and only part of the outer face remains, showing a yakshi standing in a flexed posture with the left hand resting on the hip and right (now missing) raised as though to grasp the branches of a tree. She wears a muslin dhoti supported by a three-stranded girdle, a necklace, earrings and bracelets.
historical_significance
history_note
Sotheby sale on 20th May 1964. Formerly in the collection of Mr. Fred Olsen. RP:64/1368, Historical significance: Yakshis are tree spirits assimilated into the art of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism from a much older folk tradition associated with fertility cults. Their strongly emphasized sexuality was originally symbolic of the magic forces of fertility. They were commonly depicted on the railings around Buddhist stupas, making out the path which the pilgrims had to circumambulate.
id
24934
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:02:50.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:02:50.000Z
latitude
location
In Storage
longitude
marks
materials
Sandstone
materials_techniques
Carved mottled red sandstone
museum_number
IS.163-1964
museum_number_token
is1631964
object_number
O24934
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
This relief of a female figure (yakshi) is carved against a narrow oblong back slab broken off at her knee level and along the top The figure stands in tribanga pose flexed at the hip, with her left arm resting on her jutting-out hip. Although the carving is badly worn, it is possible to distinguish a necklace round her throat and long earrings reaching her shoulders. She is nude save for a broad girdle round her hips from which hangs a dupatta falling down in folds behind her on her left side. A row of diagonal ridges to her right may be the continuation of this garment tied on the other side. There are traces of elliptical mortices for horizontal members of the railing on either side of the pillar.
place
primary_image_id
2006AM4894
production_note
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
relief-panel-yakshi-in-sandstone-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-04-09T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Relief Panel (Yakshi in sandstone)
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
100