Bronze Image of Laksamana
This small, fine image of Laksmana, Rama’s brother, shows the deity standing, with hands in anjali mudra, and a quiver with arrows slung over his right shoulder. He wears a tall conical crown, a short dhoti, heavy earrings and a small hair disc.
The image has a chocolate patina and softened contours from
puja use. Overall, this is a finely rendered bronze of a deity that is less commonly seen.
Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, is a relatively minor deity whose task was to kill a demon king who held his wife captive. But from this story, Rama – and this his brother – has entered into the mainstream of Indian mythology and is a major figure in Indian epic poetry, particularly in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.Provenance:
UK art market
Inventory no.: 2882