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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1276

    A green stone figure of Gaja Lakshmi

    INDIA, RAJASTHAN, 13TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A green stone figure of Gaja Lakshmi
    India, Rajasthan, 13th century
    The goddess in a seated position with her upper two hands holding scepters depicting elephants spraying water, a mala and lotus bud in her lowered hands, adorned with multiple necklaces and other jewelry, with water pots, two devis and another elephant in the base
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high


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    The iconography of Lakshmi being bathed by the elephants is derived from the story of the sea of milk being churned by the gods (devas) and demons (rakshas) to discover all of its gifts. In addition to potions of immortality, the churning also produced other heavenly gifts, including a wish-granting horse and the Apsara damsels. Lakshmi also appeared, causing singing and dancing among the celestial beings and elephants to sprinkle her with holy water, thus giving her the second name Gaja Lakshmi.

    Provenance

    W. Uhde Collection, Germany, before 1978


    Exhibited

    On loan to the Völkerkundemuseum, Heidelberg, 1984-2008