Beautiful and serene two sided Lakshmi pendant in oxidized silver, so as to create the patina of a vintage piece. She is sitting on a lotus flower, flanked by happy elephants with raised trunks. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity.
In Indian art she is portrayed as sitting like a yogi on a lotus flower pedestal. 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). She is holding a lotus flower. The lotus flower symbolizes purity. It can grow in clean or dirty water so it symbolizes the purity despite one's surrounding conditions. She is often shown with either an owl or flanking elephants. Elephants signify work, activity and strength.
The marriage and relationship between Lakshmi and Vishnu as wife and husband is the model for rituals and ceremonies for the bride and groom in Hindu weddings.
The back of the pendant is a detailed garden also, in a different pattern. You could flip the pendant and wear the back in the front, but the chain would go the opposite way. Kind of cool, actually.
Not your usual chain! Detailed and intricate chain, yet flexible and conforms to your body. Made in blackened silver color, as is typical of tribal jewelry. Adds depth and interest.
This pendant has everything - great shape, great detail, great chain, deity AND elephants.
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