Goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati (verso), from a Kalighat album

c. 1890
Secondary Support: 40.5 x 30 cm (15 15/16 x 11 13/16 in.); Painting only: 45.3 x 28.4 cm (17 13/16 x 11 3/16 in.)
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This is a symmetrical painting of two goddesses, each standing on a lotus (symbolizing beauty and purity). Both are considered in Bengali folklore to be sisters and the daughters of the goddess Durga. Lakshmi, goddess of fortune, prosperity, and beauty, and wife of Vishnu, is holding an unfinished flower. Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge, learning, and patroness of the fine arts, is holding a stringed instrument, which represents refined training and education. Sarasvati is white skinned, signifying purity.
Goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati (verso), from a Kalighat album

Goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati (verso), from a Kalighat album

c. 1890

Eastern India, Bengal, Kolkata, Kalighat

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