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Bronze Image of Laksamana
South India
18th-19th century

height: 6.3cm

This small, fine image of Laksmana, Rama's brother, shows the deity standing, with hands in anjali mudra, and a quiver with arrows slung over his right
shoulder. He wears a tall conical crown, a short
dhoti, heavy earrings and a small hair disc.

The image has a chocolate patina and softened contours from
puja use. Overall, this is a finely rendered bronze of a deity that is less commonly seen.

Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, is a relatively minor deity whose task was to kill a demon king who held his wife captive. But from this story, Rama -
and this his brother - has entered into the mainstream of Indian mythology and is a major figure in Indian epic poetry, particularly in the Mahabharata and the
Ramayana.

References:
Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 2882

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