Study of a Yakshi, charcoal on paper, framed, 34.5 x 20.5cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/16in).
Provenance: Formerly in the private collection of L.T.P. Manjushri (1902-1982).
The artist and collector L.T.P. Manjushri originally trained as a Bhuddist monk but returned to Sri Lanka in 1937. In 1943 he co-founded the '43 Group', whose members strove to establish a new Sri Lankan modernist school.
This sketch depicts a sculpture of a yakshi, a symbol of fertility to the Hundius, Buddhists and Jains, such sculptures of which are found in early architectural compositions. The style of the headdress would suggest that Bose may have derived the figure from one of the early Indian cave-frescoes which had such a great impression on him in his early career.
N. Weereratne, The 43 Group: a Chronicle of Fifty Years in the Art of Sri Lanka, Melbourne, 1993, pp.123-6.