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Maker(s):Unidentified maker
Culture:India
Title:Dipa Lakshmi
Date Made:18th century
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Bronze
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
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Description:
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.

Tags:
religion; sculpture; figures; Hinduism

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