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Devi Of Plenitude, Vishnupriya Lakshmi

Devi Of Plenitude, Vishnupriya Lakshmi
Wife of Lord Vishnu, manifestation of Devi Parvati. Devi Lakshmi is the presiding deity over wealth and resources, turned to by devotees who seek artha, the means to well-being and prosperity. While Lord Vishnu preserves all that is the object of srshti (the sum of creative projection), it is She who is integral to His function for wealth begets preservation.

The image of Her that you see on this page depicts Her as the Devi of plenitude. The many aspects of Her traditional iconography are intact in this murti. Chaturbhujadhari, possessed of (‘dhari’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’), She holds up a pair of delicate-stemmed lotuses in Her posterior hands. The anterior right hand She raises in blessing, while from the left emerges a shower of valuable gold coins. She is seated in lalitasana upon a throne of a giant lotus bloom.

There is much to this work of art that betrays the artisan’s skill with the organic medium. The cascading folds of Her silken saree wound around Her limbs and torso, the precision-carving of the petals of each of the flowers in Her garland. Her face - of a composure as serene as it is wise - has been engraved with simple, soothing features. Finally, the pale brown monotone of the composition makes it pleasing to the eye.

Item Code: ZEN747
Wood Statue from South India
14.00 inch Height X 8.60 inch Width x 3.70 inch Depth
1.40 Kg.

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