This is an unusual Devi Sarasvati composition. Brass sculptures of the Devi abound, even inlaid ones; but the workmanship of this one is one-of-a-kind. She is chaturbhujadhari, as is the norm with Her iconography, and She is seated in lalitasana on an inverted lotus pedestal. She is wearing a gorgeous saree, and shringar and a haloed crown to match, each aspect of which has been highlighted with ample proportions of inlay. Even the pothi and the bird She holds in Her posterior arms are inlaid in keeping with the composite finish. In Her anterior hands She cradles a veena. Her stance is so lifelike - from the angle at which Her head is lowered to the expression on Her brow as She gazes lovingly at Her veena.
It is the details that sets this composition apart from your run-of-the-mill Devi Sarasvati murtis. From Her long, beauteously sculpted fingers and feet to the dynamic composure of countenance. Strategically positioned inlay, hair flowing about Her shoulders, and a gracious crown that befits Her divine glamour add to the perfection of this work. Indeed She looks Her part - wife of none other than Lord Brahma, She is the Hindu Devi of learning and the fine arts. In fact, He presides over the creative process, to which knowledge - over which She presides - is indispensable. Placing this murti somewhere in your space would fill it with a divine calm and stability that are conducive to the learning and to the practice of art.
Goddess Saraswati is always referred to as extremely beautiful, fair complexioned, four-armed, ever youthful and gracious looking. She generally holds a lute (Veena) diagonally across her form. In addition she also holds a rosary and a book. The book associates her with literature and the sciences, and with learning in general. The lute associates her with the arts, particularly the musical arts, and the rosary links her with the spirituality and religious rites. Goddess Saraswati is nearly always dressed in soft colors, reminding us to always utilize our creative energies in a positive and constructive way.
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