The Significance of the Yogini

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The 10th century sculpture from India known as the Yogini depicts a composition of a meditating woman, exuding a sense of tranquility from her stoic demeanor. Her large presence commands a sense of authority. Her mythical significance as a goddess, indicated by the placard beside her, corroborates this sensation of power surrounding her. Through the power embodied by the Yogini, demonstrated by the focused precision on her features, the sculptor emphasizes the significance of the Yogini. The first indication of the power associated with the Yogini is the overall appearance of the sculpture. Evident from the fact that the artist used durable granite to create the sculpture, the sculpture obviously was important enough to have the need to survive all types of conditions. The grainy and rough texture of the sculpture is symbolic of the power contained by a Yogini. From this initial glance, we can obtain a general sense that the Yogini has a relevant presence in the culture. The general shape of the sculpture is of an arch. Specifically, the background of the sculpture is a complete arch, with the sculpture protruding from the background. The central focus of the sculpture, then, is the Yogini, who stands out against the arch. Perhaps the sculptor created the figure as such in order to symbolize the religious aspects of the Yogini, as the overall shape seems to resemble a shrine. Moreover, the negative carving done in order to create the Yogini implies that she emerges from the back, giving her another air of authority. An interesting note about the overall structure of the Yogini is the general symmetrical appearance, which is contradicted by the intricate details which render the sculpture asymmetrical. The sculptor could have... ... middle of paper ... ...ower. Everything about the sculpture entrances and captivates the viewer in order to attract their attention toward the goddess, and the intricate details enhance the power associated with her. She exemplifies the traits of both man and woman in order to reign over both realms, and she uses her power in different mannerisms in order to ensure captivation. The Yogini displays domineering authority and commandeering control with her ability to be stable, be durable, be seductive, be masculine, be feminine, and combine these traits together in such a manner that the viewer is left in awe from the overwhelming significance associated with her portrait. The Yogini, based on her air of power, confirms her presence as a goddess. She makes clear to any viewer that she is not simply a trinket or token to be messed with, and that she is immortal and powerful beyond measure.

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