Yakshi (Female Nature Spirit) with Hands Together in the Honoring Posture
From the railing of a Buddhist stupa
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
Yakshis are female nature spirits who embody fertility and prosperity. They are often shown with trees, flowers, and snakes, suggesting a transfer of creative energy between nature and humanity. It is likely that they were worshiped as local goddesses. In early Indian art, images of yakshis frequently adorned railing posts or acted as brackets for railing gateways. This figure is shown with her hands folded in prayer.