Gajalakshmi: Lakshmi with Elephants

c. 1890
Secondary Support: 60.7 x 42.4 cm (23 7/8 x 16 11/16 in.); Painting only: 43 x 27.7 cm (16 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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Seated on a lotus in the yoga lotus position (padmasana), Lakshmi (wife of Vishnu and goddess of fortune, prosperity, and beauty) is flanked by elephants that anoint her and express their devotion by bathing her with water from the pot held aloft with their trunks. The lotus seat serves as a throne while the elephants’ trunks form an arch within which she is enshrined.
Gajalakshmi: Lakshmi with Elephants

Gajalakshmi: Lakshmi with Elephants

c. 1890

Eastern India, Bengal, Kolkata, Kalighat

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