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Two Elephants Pouring Water on Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of material and spiritual good fortune. She is always depicted wearing a red garment with gold embroidery, denoting activity and prosperity. Her four arms represent the four aims of life—righteousness, desire, wealth, and freedom from the endless cycle of rebirth. The attendant elephants symbolize ceaseless effort, informed by wisdom, leading to prosperity.

Indian
Punjab Hills, Pahari
Two Elephants Pouring Water on Lakshmi
1790–1800
Gouache on paper
5 ¾ x 8 ½ in. (14.6 x 21.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of George Bickford in honor of Herman B Wells, 76.149.1