A black stone stele of Gajalakshmi Kashmir, Karkota period, 9th century
Lot 83
A black stone stele of Gajalakshmi Kashmir, Karkota period, 9th century
US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£8,900 - 15,000
Auction Details
A black stone stele of Gajalakshmi Kashmir, Karkota period, 9th century
Lot Details
A black stone stele of Gajalakshmi
Kashmir, Karkota period, 9th century
Enthroned beneath a lustrating elephant, the goddess sits with her left leg folded and her pendant right foot resting on a neatly-defined lotus, she wears slippers, a thin garment, which pleats and clings around her sensuous form, and a shawl covering her head and draping about her elbows, and is adorned with armlets, beaded necklaces, large earrings, and a triple-crescent tiara with festoons, in her left hand she holds the robust stem of a lotus supporting a vase of plenty overflowing with flora, to her left stands a chauri bearer in tribangha pose on the plinth supported by two jubilant lions flanking adoring devotees holding upturned vessels similar to that in the elephant's trunk.
10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 'Gaja' meaning 'elephant', the Gajalakshmi form is among the most cherished Hindu subjects, imbued with iconography supporting Lakshmi as the goddess of prosperity, well-being, and abundance. The upturned water pots held by the elephant above and figures below allude to the rainfall and rivers which bring forth crops and harvests. The purna kalasha (vase of plenty) blossoming form her lotus is an early Vedic motif for the source of life. For variations on the subject from Kashmir compare the present lot to two held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1991.407.2 & 1993.194).

    Provenance:
    Private European Collection
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