122. A Bronze Figure of Bejewelled Lakshmi

Greco-Scythian, 2nd century BC
Size: 13 cm high

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She stands holding a large lotus flower in her right hand. Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance and prosperity in the Buddhist tradition, appearing on the Sanchi stupa in the 2nd century BC. In Hinduism she is the wife of Vishnu. The details of this elegant sculpture, the earliest known image of Lakshmi in bronze, are typical of Indian art under Greco-Scythian influence. It was made in the region of Taxila or Pushkalawati, famous for their ponds of lotus flowers.