A Rare Form of Lakshmi (Nepalese)

A Rare Form of Lakshmi (Nepalese)
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Copper Statue
9.0" X 6.4" X 4.0"
1.7 Kg
Item Code: EO46
Price: $295.00
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The gracefully poised Lakshmi sits with her left leg tucked in and the right stretched out. A choker embraces her neck while a longer piece cascades down her breasts, shielding their tips from the eye of the beholder. and ending at her navel, performing the same function there. A picture of sophistication, her face tilts slightly, in a graceful and feminine fashion. The skill of the sculptor is evident in the deft treatment of the fingers which are slender and delicate. The two eyes are semi-closed and inward-looking, and the nose is sharp and aquiline. The gentle lips are a picture of sensuous refinement.

Lakshmi's shoulders support her four arms. Each of these hands is engaged in making a significant symbolic gesture:

The upper right hand holds a mirror, which signifies self-introspection.

The lower right hand makes the varada mudra - the gesture of giving, symbolizing Lakshmi's boon of eternal prosperity and abundance.

The upper left arm holds a vermilion pot. The vermilion is a sacred symbol of fertility and the exclusive prerogative of married women in India. No married woman will ever step out of the house without applying at least a trace of vermilion in the parting between her hair.

The lower left arm makes the Abhaya mudra, the gesture which grants the boon of fearlessness to her worshippers.

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