Vaikuntha-Kamalaja is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. It was devised by theologians essentially to emphasize the non-duality of the divine principle. Perhaps the most lucid explanation of such images was presented by the fifth-century poet Kalidasa when he wrote that Vishnu and Lakshmi cannot be separated from one another. The amalgamated avatar of Vaikuntha-Kamala is standing on a plinth of lotus base. The left half of the figure with a prominent bosom is female that signifies Lakshmi. She is bejewelled in ornaments from head to toe whilst the right half signifies Vishnu. The male half is wearing a dhoti, belt and sacred thread. In his right hands, he holds the properties associated with Vishnu, mace and conch. In the left hand, the deity holds the attributes associated with the Devi, an engraved lotus while she showers with blessings with another hand. The consort's head is surmounted by a foliate crown. Delicate and intricate details could be seen on the crown. The sculpture is sculpted fully from the front and back.
This model of Vaikuntha-Kamala is inspired by the late 16th century. The resemblance of it was borrowed from the Nepalese Vaikuntha-Kamala from the museum of art in Boston. The concept of Vaikuntha-Kamalaja originated in Eastern India. Vaikuntha-Kamalaja symbolizes the non-duality of the male and female beliefs in the universe. The Shilparatna is authentic Indian art that specifically refers to the oneness of Vishnu and Lakshmi as a combination of reality and consciousness which produces a state of bliss.
The figure of Vaikuntha-Kamala in this bronze is handsomely proportioned and smoothly modelled with a clear and fluent outline and a simple elegance strongly reminiscent of the 17th period.
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