Indian Elephants Bookmark

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a bookmark with a design inspired by details from an Indian painting of the goddess Lakshmi flanked by elephants.

This bookmark forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The bookmark is made in the UK from leather.

The elephant motif is inspired by a vibrant gouache painting from the Bundi District of Rajasthan, India, which dates to around 1780. The painting shows the Gaja-Lakshmi; the goddess of wealth and prosperity seated on a lotus flower between two winged elephants (gajah in Sanskrit) who are showering her with water, symbolising fertilisation and prosperity. In ancient tradition the first elephants took the form of winged clouds which sprayed the Earth with water, although their wings were confiscated when they disturbed an angry sage.

A striking stationery gift.

  • Product Code: CMCS74480
  • Product Weight: 0.01Kg
  • Dimensions: H4.5 x L22cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Leather
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a bookmark with a design inspired by details from an Indian painting of the goddess Lakshmi flanked by elephants.

This bookmark forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The bookmark is made in the UK from leather.

The elephant motif is inspired by a vibrant gouache painting from the Bundi District of Rajasthan, India, which dates to around 1780. The painting shows the Gaja-Lakshmi; the goddess of wealth and prosperity seated on a lotus flower between two winged elephants (gajah in Sanskrit) who are showering her with water, symbolising fertilisation and prosperity. In ancient tradition the first elephants took the form of winged clouds which sprayed the Earth with water, although their wings were confiscated when they disturbed an angry sage.

A striking stationery gift.

  • Product Code: CMCS74480
  • Product Weight: 0.01Kg
  • Dimensions: H4.5 x L22cm
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Leather
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg
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