This beautifully carved sculpture of Goddess Saraswati depicts the spectacular efforts of the craftsman. Goddess Saraswati is known as the goddess of Music and Knowledge. Here she is seen sitting on a lotus pedestal with one leg folded and other resting on a boat shaped base which is attached with the pedestal. She is wearing a sari which indicates South Indian border work. She is beautifully ornamented with crown, necklaces, armlets, bangles, nose-ring and anklets. Of her four hands, the upper left one holds a lotus and the lower right one holds a set of scriptures. The other two hands are busy holding ‘Veena’ (A musical instrument) which attributes to Goddess Saraswati. A calmness and compassion can be seen by observing the smile on her face. The peacock seen at the bottom is actually her mount/vehicle.
This description is by Miss Indra Vats. She has a deep interest in Indian art and iconography and is currently working at the National Museum of India, one of the premier organizations engaged in the curation and protection of Indian heritage.