A terracotta bust of a Yakshi or mother GoddessIndia, Chandraketugarh, 1st Century BC.

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A terracotta bust of a Yakshi or mother Goddess

India, Chandraketugarh, 1st Century BC.

A finely moulded wearing and elaborate headdress adorned with lots of jewelry, her face carved with full lips and incised eyes.


H 12 cm.




Terracotta was widely used in early India to make animal and human figurines, as well as vessels, toys or bangles. The simplest hand-modelled female figurines, with split-pellet eyes and appliqué ornaments, may represent mother goddesses. More refined in form are the moulded plaques depicting female figures adorned with elaborate headdresses and jewellery.


See. Metropolitan museum of art, The Kronos Collection. Accession Number:1987.417.3

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