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Yakshi (possibly Ganga Devi)

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1870s, in the house of a sadhu, Besnagar, India [see note 1]. About 1915, acquired from a priest in Besnagar by G. N. Rao, Calcutta [see note 2]; sold by G. N. Rao, through Stella Kramrisch, to the MFA for $788 [see note 3]. (Accession Date: February 11, 1926) NOTES: [1] Alexander Cunningham, Archaeological Survey of India Reports, vol. 10 (1880), p. 41, recorded seeing "in the house of a Sadhu a small lion of the Gupta period and a large figure of the Ganges standing on her crocodile" during a survey of the 1870s. Both objects are now at the MFA (accession nos. 26.25-26.26). [2] According to G. N. Rao in 1925, he acquired MFA the two sculptures "about ten years ago" "from a priest in Besnagar whose name is unknown." [3] This was the price paid for two objects, MFA accession nos. 26.25 and 26.26.

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Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

Indian, Gupta period, about A.D. 405–15

Object Place

Besnagar, Madhya Pradesh, Central India


Overall: 73.5 x 38.1 x 12.7 cm (28 15/16 x 15 x 5 in.) Weight: 72.58 kg (160 lb.)

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