An Antique Indian Drawing: Yantra
ca. early to mid twentieth century
4 1/2" x 6", 11.5 cm x 15 cm
This wonderfully clear and simple ink drawing is that of a yantra, or a geometric depiction of an aspect of god or the goddess. Yantras can be thought of as power diagrams that are used to focus the mind on a particular form of the divine and can aid in ritual and prayer.
This yantra shows ascending and descending energies (the upward and downward triangles) and the four sided cartouche encircling this show the cardinal directions.