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Loan Object

Ascetic with a Gourd and Staff

5th–6th century c.e.

Terracotta

15 9/16 × 9 7/16 × 1 3/4 in. (39.6 × 24 × 4.5 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2017.17.8
Extreme practices such as starvation and yoga were the basis of many of India’s religious traditions, including Buddhism and Hinduism. This plaque, which presumably decorated a building, may once have been part of a larger group of figures illustrating activities that took place at that site.
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Afghanistan
Classification: 
Sculpture
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.