Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is the consort and shakti of Lord Vishnu. She is also known as the goddess of abundance and fortune for Buddhists. Her four arms are symbolic of the four goals of humanity that are considered good in Hinduism.Dharma (pursuit of ethical, moral life) Artha (pursuit of wealth, means of life) Kama (pursuit of love, emotional fulfillment) and Moksha (pursuit of self-knowledge, liberation).
In Lakshmi's iconography, she is either standing or sitting on a lotus and typically is carrying a lotus in one or two hands. The lotus carries symbolic meaning in Hinduism and other traditions. It is a reminder that good and prosperity can bloom and not be affected by evil in one's surrounding. Lakshmi is also sometimes shown with elephants by her sides, below or behind her. The elephant symbolize work, activity, and strength, as well as water, rain and fertility for abundant prosperity. Occasionally she is seen with an owl, which signifies knowledge, especially when surrounded by darkness. In some instances, wealth either symbolically pours out from one or more of her hands, or she simply holds a jar of money, or jars are beside her. She typically wears a red dress with gold threads, symbolizing beauty and wealth.
Measure approx. 1 1/8" drop x 7/8" wide
Materials: vitreous enamel on tin and set in a metal case.