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The MAP Academy is a non-profit online resource that consists on an Encyclopedia of Art, Courses and Blog that encourage knowledge building and engagement with South Asian art. Its aim is to make art histories more accessible, based on the idea that doing so can have a positive social impact through broadening perspectives on humanity, heritage and culture. Visit The Map Academy for more.

Sculptures from the ancient region of Gandhara are notable for their expression of Buddhist faith and unique combination of stylistic influences.

Gandharan Sculpture

Left: Yaksha, c. 50 B.C.E., India, sandstone, 45.7 x 33 x 88.9 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art); right: Yakshi Holding a Crowned Child with a Visiting Parrot, c. 50 B.C.E., India, terracotta, 11.7 x 23.5 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Mythological figures often represented visually in a pair, the yaksha and yakshi are found across early Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art.

Yaksha and Yakshi