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Note: NOT my coin (....but how I wish it was!)

Kaushambi, 300-200 BC, Copper, Gajalaxmi type

Obv: Hindu Deity Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity); standing on Lotus flower; flanked by 2 Elephants within cartouche shaped enclosure pouring water

Rev: Tree-in-railing (center); standard (left); Hollow Cross & Ujjain symbol above (right)


Source: Wikipedia

Gajalakshmi, that is Lakshmi with elephants, is one of the most significant Ashtalakshmi aspects of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. In this aspect, the goddess is depicted seated on a lotus, flanked on both side by an elephant (gaja). She is shown as seated in Padmasana yogic posture, and has four arms. In each of her upper pair of arms, she carries a lotus, and the lower hands are generally shown in abhya and varadamudra. The elephants flanking her are shown as pouring water from their trunk over the goddess. This aspect like most other aspects of Lakshmi is representative of prosperity, good luck, and abundance; and the Gajalakshmi motifs are very common in Hindu and Buddhist iconography.

The earliest available depiction of Gajalakshmi appears on a coin (3rd century) from Kausambi. One or two elephants depicted alongside a woman symbolized the birth of Gautam Buddha.
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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 06:02:13 PM »
Gajalaxmi medallion from Bharhut stupa railing pillar, sand stone, 2nd Century BCE, Indian Museum, Kolkata.
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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 06:50:51 PM »
I had to look for several minutes, but then the shape of the deity and elephants slowly starts getting more and more shape and detail. A really intrigueing specimen !

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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2015, 06:55:30 PM »
Anthony - Here's a silver drachm of Azilises - Gajalaxmi type (source: Wikipedia, NOT my coin).
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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2015, 06:59:03 PM »
.......and a few other (my specimen) you can see here.
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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 07:44:35 PM »
I am still waiting to find something like that Azilises drachm in the bargain bin somewhere.. Dream on.. Dream on.. :-\

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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2020, 08:33:16 AM »
Gajalakshmi type from South India 2.45 grams

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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2020, 09:01:09 AM »
Excellent idea to dig up this thread, RG. Some fascinating symbolism here. Water as bringer of good luck (where I come from, it is a daily threat). Elephants as providers and servants, towering over their divine charge. Love it all.

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Re: Kaushambi: Copper, 300-200 BC, Gajalaxmi type (NOT my coin)
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2020, 03:41:50 AM »
Just received this top portion of lamp-stand on 02.01.2020!
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