Robert Wilson Collection, USA.
A superb bust of a goddess. She holds a finely graved high cylindrical tiara (kirita-mukuta) on her head, the same one of Vishnu, with a makara head (aquatic mythological animal) in the middle. This tiara is typical of the South India's statues and of Vishnu's ones: this let us identify the goddess as Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu. This tiara/crown is a symbol of majesty: if worn by a goddess, this signify that the figure is a supreme deity.
Behind the head, there is a refined halo with two concentric crowns. The inner one is decorated with lotus leaves, the outer one with elaborated floral motives.
Wonderful, sumptuous jewels are spread in the whole bust: at lobes, neck, breast, arm, thus underlining the importance of this venerated goddess.
The abundance of breast -so typical of Indian Art- symbolizes fertility and maternity.
This bust relief is deeply sculpted; part of the halo is missing.