Asian Tribal Art - Dhana Lakshmi, India

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Dhana Lakshmi
Lost wax cast bronze
2 1/4" (5.7 cm) high
18th century

Lakshmi also known as Laxmi and Sri Devi, is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, luxury, beauty, fertility, and auspiciousness.  She is invoked to remove troubles in starting a spiritual path or a business and holds the promise of material fulfillment and contentment.  She is described as restless, whimsical yet maternal. She is most always shown wearing a kuchabandha or breast band, holding a closed lotus bud in her left hand, and is crowned with a tall, multi-tiered karandamukuta headdress. Here she sits in sukhasana, a position of comfort and ease, while she holds the lotus bud in the remaining hand. This Dhana Lakshmi form denotes wealth.


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