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* An Indian Red Sandstone Figural Fragment, Middle Periods, ca. 10th - 12th century AD

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Finely carved red sandstone figural fragment depicting the youthful Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity with partial bust, wearing an elaborate crown and holding a cornucopia in left hand. She is adorned with an elaborate beaded collar and necklace, fancy ear ornament.

Background:  For Hindus, the goddess Lakshmi symbolizes good luck. The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, meaning "aim" or "goal," and in the Hindu faith, she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity of all forms, both material and spiritual.

For most Hindu families, Lakshmi is the household goddess, and she is a particular favorite of women. Although she is worshiped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month. Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the full moon night of Kojagari Purnima, the harvest festival that marks the end of the monsoon season.

Condition: Scattered chips and losses that do not detract. Custom display base. A very nice fragment.

Dimensions: Height 6 inches (15.24 cm), Width: 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm)

Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired in the 1960s

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