Yaksa (Patravahaka)

Unknown200 BC - 100 BC

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

It is an extremely expressive and charming image of Yaksa from Pitalkhora is fully intact, except a missing left forearm. The image is in the form of a standing corpulent male Yaksa, holding a shallow bowl on his head. His dwarfish, bold and robust features are very distinctive. He is full of wild joy and adorned with several unusual types of ornaments. His twisted hair rolls are also very attractive. The use of the bowl on its head is a controversial issue.We feel that bowl was more symbolic than functional. It appears that he is carrying a bowl on his head, full of flowers. The most important note of this sculpture is the inscription in the 2nd century B.C. writing. It reads Karnhadasena hiramakarena kata, i.e., made by Kanhadasa, a goldsmith.


  • Title: Yaksa (Patravahaka)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 200 BC - 100 BC
  • Location: Pitalkhora, India
  • Physical Dimensions: w590 x h1060 x d340 cm (without cover)
  • Type: statue
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi
  • Style: Satavahana Art
  • Place Part Of: India

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