Asian Art

Pair of panels with semi-divinities known as yakshis

2nd–3rd century

Gray schist

13 x 4 1/2 x 1 9/16 in. (33 x 11.5 x 4 cm)
Purchased with a gift from the John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation, Inc.
2017.63.1.1-.2
Known as yakshis, beautiful women symbolizing the powers of nature and the earth appear in all Indian religious traditions, including Buddhism. The gestures of the women and the leaves clutched in their hands refer to the long-standing belief that the touch of a fertile young woman can cause a tree to blossom spontaneously.
Culture: 
Gandharan, Pakistani
Period: 
Kushan period (ca. late 1st–early 4th century)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Purchased from Christie's New York, March 15, 2017 lot 242. Private collection, Lahore, 1960s; thence by descent, American Collection, New York, 1995.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2017.pdf (accessed December 1, 2017).

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