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Maker(s):Unidentified maker
Title:Dipa Lakshmi
Date Made:18th century
Place Made:Tamilnadu or Andhra; South India; India; Asia
Measurements:Overall: 10 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 26.7 cm x 12.1 cm x 10.8 cm
Accession Number:  UM 1967.42
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. Malcolm Bick
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity (Dipa Lakshmi)
For women's rituals, especially those honoring the goddesses (this figure was probably dressed and adorned). Bronze figures like this represents Dipa Lakshmi (she who holds a lamp), a form of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and happiness and wife of the Hindu God Vishnu. The lighting of lamps dispels darkness and protects against demons.

religion; sculpture; figures; Hinduism

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