Note how graceful Her stance is, portrayed with a skill that is practically endemic to Southern India. She is seated in lalitasana on a gigantic lotus, beneath which is another inverted lotus. The two-tiered pedestal that the lotuses are on are engraved with lotus petals (the bottom-most tier) and a wave-like silhouette that refer to the story of Her birth. She was born as Vishnu's wife, complete with mangal-sutra and toe-rings and kamalasana, from the oceans that the devas and asuras were churning with all their respective strength and vigour (samudramanthan). What make this a highly characteristic Indian bronze are the towering crown, the superbly defined features and limbs, and the inimitable composure of countenance.
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