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Silver-Inlaid Bronze of Lakshmi-Narayan

Gujurat, Western India
16th century

height: 8.5cm, width: 6.1cm, depth: 4.2cm, weight: 257g

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Provenance

private collection, UK

This fine and well proportioned image from Western India shows Vishnu as Narayana with Sri Devi (or Lakshmi) seated on his left knee. Vishnu is seated on a pierced, rectangular throne. Sri Devi has a kuchabandha across her breasts, which is one of her defining attributes. Vishnu holds a lotus stem and other attributes.  His front left hand supports Sri Devi. He is seated on a lotus throne. Both have dhoti garments and well-defined jewellery including anklets and bracelets. Both have conical hair styles or crowns.

The eyes of both Vishnu and Lakshmi are inlaid with silver and Vishnu has a srivatsa symbol on his chest.

An arched aureole or backing plate rises from behind Vishnu and is topped by a kalasha vase.

Attendants or minor deities are on either side and in front of the couple.

The piece shows significant age. It has a good, varying patina, and features worn with devotional (puja) wear. Lakshmi’s lower left hand is no longer present.

References

Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.

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