Devi Mariamman is seated in lalitasana on a giant lotus throne. She is possessed of eight arms and, as such, is the Ashtabhujadharini. She is clad in nothing but a dhoti below the navel, the silken fabric of which gathers in lifelike folds over Her legs. A world of gold adornments on Her upper body and divine weapons, including a kapala (skullcup) in each of Her hands, a twin symbol of the feminine aesthetic and omnipotence. On Her brow sits a tall crown that tapers towards the top. It is flanked by the ferocious hood of the panchanaga, the texture of its underbelly having been executed with superb detail.
The composition is placed on a wide-set quadrilateral pedestal that features a row of latticeworked lotus petals followed by a row of lotus petal engravings. The legs of the pedestal are short and shaped like the lion’s paw. A strikingly symmetrical aureole, with minimal engravings, completes the composition.
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