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Tennessee Yakshi
35.5x20.5x13 in
Paper Clay

for sale

This female torso is slightly larger than life and full-round. A suggestion of arms reads more like a fluttering short cape that continues to form her scapula in the back. A slight upward turn of clay at the neck suggests the head, and a slab of clay whose edges ripple across both loins predict organic works to come.

The title is referencing the Asian Indian Yakshi, which is a voluptuous nature deity. I took liberties in combining the potbelly of her male counterpart, the Yaksha, with her gracious figure. She is an ideal, a monument in her own right.

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