High Fashion of Ancient Mathura

Here, we see the dawn of the legendary Mathura Age of Sculpture... This group of Yakshi figures is praised for the delicacy of its rendering, the absence of heaviness despite the plumpness of the figures, and their smiling and playful countenance.

Compared to the earlier yakshis at Bharhut, these are "more vivacious and Amazonian in nature, and their smooth, inflated voluptuousness gives them buoyancy and life. They seem about to spring from the backs of their supporting dwarfs ... [and] ... have the monumental frontality which is characteristic of Mathura sculpture" (Roy C Craven)

What do you think that box in her hand is?

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