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Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity

Date:
7th century
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh)
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Brooke Russell Astor Bequest, Robert and Bobbie Falk Philanthropic Fund Gift, Seymour Fund, Josephine Lois Berger-Nadler Endowment Fund, Elizabeth M. Riley Bequest, in memory of Jean Mailey, funds from various donors; and David E. Stutzman and John D. Lamb, Shelby White, and Jeff Soref Gifts, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.60
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
Lakshmi, the sustainer of life who personifies abundance in all its forms, is central to the Brahmanical vision of the universe. She was among the first female deities in India to assume an independent status in the ranks of the gods. Here, she is enthroned and holds a citron (jambhira) and cornucopia. A lion, her vehicle, sits beneath her stool. Lakshmi’s iconography likely evolved from representations of Nana, a west Asian goddess with lunar associations. This icon is one of the earliest and rarest known metal representations of Lakshmi.
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