Salabhanjika; Yakshi

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Acquired in 1927 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Guy, John (ed.), L'Escultura en els Temples Indis: L'Art de la Devocio, Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, 2007, p.58, cat. 18, ISBN 9788476649466. V&A . Small Picture Book No. 7, Indian Art Read,Herbert, Art and Society, Heinemann, London, 1937, Pl. 29. Guy, John, Indian Temple Sculpture, London, V&A Publication, 2007, p18. pl. 9. ISBN 971851775095
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0200-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Part of rail pillar, sandstone, Mathura, early Kushan, 2nd century AD
dimensions
Diameter: 3 1/4 in, Width: 8 1/8 in, Height: 20 1/4 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
South-East Asia, room 47b
historical_context_note
From a Jain stupa, carved in mottled red sandstone. The panel forms one face of the upper half of the original pillar or bracket. The pillar was at some time split into two halves, the other face being I.M. 72-1927, but they are now reunited. The subject represents a guardian Yakshi (Vrikshaka) down to the knees. She stands with body conforming to the curve of the bracket, with her arm raised over her head to hold the branch of a flowering Ashoka-tree, whilst her right hand (broken away) rested on the rich girdle which encircles her hips. Each forearm is almost completely covered by thirteen bracelets, the ears have large jewelled earplugs and round the neck are two bead-necklaces. The figure is apparently nude, but the ridge across the stomach and the sash falling down her left side, indicate the skirt of transparent diaphonous muslin.
historical_significance
history_note
Purchased from Imre Schwaiger , with 73-1927 . The panel had been sawn into two pieces for purposes of display, but was re-joined in the 1980s.
id
25037
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:03:10.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:03:10.000Z
latitude
27.49586
location
South-East Asia, room 47b, case EXP
longitude
77.67592
marks
materials
Sandstone
materials_techniques
Mottled Red Sandstone
museum_number
IM.73-1927
museum_number_token
im731927
object_number
O25075
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Part of a curving gateway (torana) bracket decorated with a salabhanjika or yakshi holding a branch of a tree with long, lanceolate leaves. This is one half of the bracket which has a similar figure on the reverse ( IM.73-1927). It was formerly sliced in two before the museum acquired it, but is now rejoined. The figure is damaged having been cut off at the knees and she has also lost both hands and a portion of her left breast. Her hair is smoothed over her head with a shallow, oval bun at the front. She wears courtly jewellery, including ear-lobe ornaments, two bead necklaces and arm bangles from her wrists almost to her elbows. She also wears a belt round her hips made of over-lapping fish-scale-like segments with an elaborate central clasp. This belt secures a diaphanous skirt (antariya) which has a narrow girdle in front below her waist, which leaves the rest of her lower body nude. There is a looped sash shown behind her on her right and folds of the skirt are visible between her legs. This bracket belonged to a ceremonial gateway (torana) marking an entrance to a shrine, most probably a Buddhist or possibly a Jain stupa.
place
Mathura
primary_image_id
2006BD7364
production_note
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
production_type
public_access_description
Part of bracket on a gateway to a stupa, with a yakshi, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, sandstone, 2nd century, Kushan period.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
salabhanjika-yakshi-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2013-12-11T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Salabhanjika; Yakshi
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
100