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Standing female on round pedestal on a square base. Holds pear-shaped lamp oil bowl. Wears a crown-like headpiece with bun and braid down back. Hair and costume denoted by incision. Has a parrot on right shoulder.

History Of Use

For worship in a small temple or household. Known as a dipa-lakshmi; a class of standing sacred lamp fed with ghee.

Cultural Context

daily worship

Iconographic Meaning

Represents Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity, consort of Vishnu.

Item History

  • Made in India
  • Collected between 1955 and 1973
  • Owned by Victor Hardy before December 11, 1979
  • Received from Victor Hardy (Donor) on December 11, 1979

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