Standing carved figure, red sandstone, Mathura, Eastern India, 1st-2nd centry.
Depth: 2 in, Width: 3.75 in, Height: 9.25 in
Figure carved in full relief in red sandstone.
The Yaksha faces to the front, the right arm being broken and the details of the sculpture worn smooth by weathering.
Held supported in the crook of the left arm is a heavy staff and the hand holds the end of a garland or bag.
He wears the loin cloth falling to the ground in front.
Probably for Jain use.
Purchased from Imre Schwaiger in London in 1927. RP 1927/4502.
The piece was acquired with IM 75.1927 (10 pounds each)
A standing figure which is much weathered may represent either a yaksha or Vasudeva as an early form of Vishnu. This robust figure carries a large club in the crook of his right arm, possibly as a gesture of protection to his devotees. This may identify him as Vasudeva, from whom the Vishnu cult figure evolved.
The figure wears a turban with a top knot and rosette in the front, heavy earrings and a torque round his neck. His torso is bare, but he wears an antariya worn in kachcha style pleated in between the legs and held by a kayabandh at his hips with a long sash looped round his knees with the end hanging over his right arm below the elbow.