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An image of Cosmetic tray with image of Lakshmi lustrated by elephants (Gajalakshmi) by

Andhra Pradesh, India

Title
Cosmetic tray with image of Lakshmi lustrated by elephants (Gajalakshmi)
Place of origin
Andhra PradeshIndia
Period
Satavahana period circa 1st century - 3rd century → India
Year
3rd century-4th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
marble
Dimensions

16.1 x 12.5 x 1.7 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
22.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

This marble cosmetic tray is ornamented with an image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, seated on a lotus with elephants to either side. Here, Lakshmi is depicted as the embodiment of loveliness, grace and charm. The sensuousness of this full-breasted, wasp-waisted Lakshmi relates to her function as the goddess of fertility, abundance and opulence. The presence of elephants washing her, enhance the overall sense of exuberance and luxury. This image iconographically, is known as 'Gajalakshmi', and is regarded as a highly auspicious emblem. It features above the entrances and doorways of temples and houses alike.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000