The power and frontality of this figure, whose bare feet are planted firmly on the ground, along with the corpulence of his protruding belly, suggest that the image may represent Kubera, or a yaksha worshiped for wealth and prosperity. Terracottas of large size like this one were usually modeled freely and incised with a wire tool.

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  • Title: Seated Yaksha
  • Date Created: AD 300s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 47.3 x 26 cm (18 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (Stolper Galleries, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1977.175
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Fun Fact: The figure wears a heavy, short necklace and originally wore earrings, of which only the left one remains.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, probably Kaushambi
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art - Kushan, Mathura
  • Accession Number: 1977.175

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