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Siddha Lakhsmi with Kali

Asian Art

CULTURE Indian
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and beetle wing cases on paper
DATES ca. 1660-1670
DIMENSIONS sheet: 8 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (21.9 x 21.3 cm) image: 7 1/8 x 6 11/16 in. (18.1 x 17.0 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed at top: Siddha Lakshmi with Kali. On reverse: One should (let one) meditate thus in the lotus of his heart on Siddha Lakshmi, goddess of remembrance, Bhadrakali (all epithets of Siddha Lakshmi) who is young, with a face resembling the rising moon and crown bedecked with the crescent moon. Whose pricelessly graceful form is clad in a yellow dress, seated on an eightfold (cosmic) lotus, accompanied by Kali, drinking draughts of liquor. Translated by Sonali Mitra. Inscribed on top right: Siddha Lakshmi with Kali.
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 84.142
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster in honor of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner
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CAPTION Indian. Siddha Lakhsmi with Kali, ca. 1660-1670. Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and beetle wing cases on paper, sheet: 8 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (21.9 x 21.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster in honor of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner, 84.142
IMAGE overall, 84.142_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Square image of two goddesses: Siddha Lakshmi appears seated on a lotus flower. She has pink skin and is dressed in a saffron costume with abundant jewelry. She holds a cup to her mouth while her other hand holds a lotus bud. She is addressed by the dark-skinned Kali, who stands to her left, dressed in a red skirt and holding a jar. The figures appear a flat background of dark red-brown with a strip of cloudy sky above and the arched edges of a dark gray lotus pond below. The image is surrounded by bright red borders.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (78%)
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