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Ma Lakshmi£ 120.00 – £ 450.00 BUY
The central figure in this piece is Ma Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, who is worshipped throughout the year but specifically on Diwali, the festival of lights. Lakshmi, bedecked in the finest jewellery and a magnificent crown, all made of gold, is sitting on a lotus pedestal while also holding the flower in two of her hands. The lotus signifies fortune and prosperity. One of Lakshmi’s hands is seen showering earth with apples that are making the farmers prosperous. The golden backdrop that surrounds Lakshmi symbolises the prosperity that she is bestowing upon earth.
On Lakshmi’s left, the artist of this beautiful artwork, Italian born Giampaolo Tomassetti depicts Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent, while She sits at His feet. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe, and together with Lakshmi, they represent the growth and prosperity of the universe.
Tomassetti makes a clear distinction between the divine and the real world, which is depicted by way of aerial views of a field, a village and a temple at the bottom of the painting. The painting as a whole is an homage to life in the universe or the cosmos.
TriDevi£ 135.00 – £ 800.00 BUY
In this artwork Giampaolo Tomassetti has portrayed the three Devis, the three Goddesses, the feminine version of the Trimurti. This holy trinity is made up of the Hindu Goddesses from right to left Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Goddess Durga symbolises Shakti (power) and keeps all evil at bay. She is often shown courageously riding a lion or a tiger, which is another symbol of immense power. Tomassetti shows Durga in her multifaceted glory through her many hands, which he depicts holding sacred objects such as sword symbolising knowledge and intellect and a conch through which she emulates the most pure sound of ‘Om’.
Goddess Lakshmi symbolises wealth, not only materially but also of intellect and knowledge. In this artwork Tomassetti shows Lakshmi holding lotus flowers. The symbolism here is that money just like water should always flow and never remain inert.
Goddess Saraswati symbolises knowledge. Here Tomassetti shows her sitting on a swan, which is said to have the ability to differentiate between milk and water and thus it represents the ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
The fiery red is juxtaposed against soothing white and gold tones, beautifully encapsulating the power of these three Goddesses.