11 inches high / 27.94cm
brass Lakshmi Statue
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, happiness
and beauty emerged from the ocean of milk when the Gods churned it to produce
Amrita (divine nectar) and she at once became Vishnu’s consort.
When she is depicted separately from Vishnu as in this case, she has four hands:
in two of them she is holding lotus flowers, while the other two bestow the
gifts of well-being and prosperity.
When she is depicted with Vishnu, Lakshmi has only two hands. She sits or stands
on the lotus flower, and sometimes has elephants on either side. The new moon
night of November is dedicated to her annual ceremony.
Lakshmi is said to reside in sweet-smelling floral garlands which bring fortune
and wealth to the wearer. She also has a role as a fertility goddess and is
particularly linked to the richness of the soil.