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