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Yaksha, possibly Kubera

Period:
pre-Angkor period
Date:
late 6th–early 7th century
Culture:
Southern Cambodia or Vietnam
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 14 in. (35.5 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of John and Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.550
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
Spirits—some protective, many malevolent—have always populated the landscape of Southeast Asia. Among the earliest surviving figurative sculptures from the region are enigmatic images best understood as personifications of the land and its elements—rocks, rivers, and trees. These nature-cult figures (yakshas and yakshis) existed alongside the emerging Hindu culture in mainland Southeast Asia and reflect a marriage of the two traditions. In an Indic setting, this deity probably represented Kubera, king of the yakshas and guardian of nature’s wealth.

cat. no. 14
Probably Takeo Province or Mekong Delta

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

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