We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 Read about our COVID-safe plans and what you need to know before visiting.

Title

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

3rd century-4th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Andhra Pradesh India
    Period
    Satavahana period circa 1st century - 3rd century → India
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    22.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Share
  • About

    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