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Bronze Image of Lakshmi or Sri Devi
South India
circa 15th-16th century

height: 21.2cm, weight: 1,006g

This cast image of  Sri Devi (Lakshmi), one of the two consorts of Vishnu, is particularly fine. It dates to the Vijayanagara period, an empire that dominated
South India from the 14th to the 16th century.

The image stands on a rounded dais atop a rectangular platform, all etched with lotus petal motifs.

The image is depicted, as nearly always, with a
kuchabandha or breast band. The left hand holds the remnants of a lotus stem that would have been topped
with a small closed bud but the bud is now missing. It has a long
dhoti decorated with stripes and cross-hatching; copious, elaborate jewellery; a spectacular,
tall, multi-tiered
karandamukuta headdress; and a finely rendered siraschakra to the back of the head.

The image has minimal
puja wear. It was acquired in the UK and it is likely that it has been in the UK since the colonial era, which would account for its  fine
condition.  There are no chips or repairs, and the detailing remains crisp and well defined.

References:
Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.
Sivaramamurti, C.,
South Indian Bronzes, Lalit Kala Akademi, 1963.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4412

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