Two elephants bathe the goddess Gaja Laksmi who is seated on a lotus

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Gouache painting on paper depicting Gaja-Lakṣmī (Gajalakshmi); an image of the goddess Lakṣmī, who reigns over fertility and good fortune, seated on a lotus with an elephant (gajah in Sanskrit) on either side. They have small wings, a detail which recalls the myth in which the elephants freely roamed throughout the sky. They lustrate water over her from the pitchers they carry in their uplifted trunks. The goddess carries a lotus in her lower-right hand and she wrings her wet hair with her upper pair of hands, while the lower-left hand rests on her lap. Here the group levitates over a sea abundant in lotuses where two further elephants are swimming.

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