Yakshi (Tree Spirit)

In Buddhism and Hinduism, yakshis are feminine Indian deities who possess the power of fertility and prosperity. This Yakshi is shown as a curvy, perfect beauty who wraps herself around a tree. They are frequently shown nude wearing anklets, bangles, and necklaces on their upper bodies. They are typically portrayed near to or clinging onto trees because of their connections to the natural world. They are closely related to the ashoka tree. One of the repeating themes in Indian art is a yakshini with her foot on the trunk and her hands grasping the branch of a ashoka or, less frequently, another tree with flowers or fruits. These figures are usually encountered as gatekeepers in ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples.