Asian Art

Rattle in the Shape of a Crouching Yaksha

2nd–1st century B.C.E.

Earthenware

3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Purchased with a gift from Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
2000.8.3
Yakshas and their female counterparts, known as yakshis, are semidivine figures that symbolize the earth and fertility. They are depicted both in the form of freestanding sculptures and as designs on terracotta plaques. This example makes a sound when shaken; it may have been used to purify spaces during rituals, rather than as a toy.
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Shunga period (185–75 B.C.E.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

From Chandraketugarth, West Bengal; Art of the Past, New York; Purchased in 1999 by Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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