1st-3rd Century AD - Lanka

`Lakshmi' Plaque with seated Bull

A struck plaque of normal size with goddess Lakshmi on obvese and a railed svastika with seated bull on reverse.

Height28.3 mm
Width16.3 mm
Thickness1.7 mm
Weight2.92 gms
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Obverse : standing goddess Lakshmi probably holding stalks of a plant not clearly visible.

Reverse : railed svastika revolving to right (clockwise). A seated bull on right and a faint indication of a flower pot on left.


The absence of prominent breasts seen in most Lakshmi plaques have led some to describe image as a male god although the narrow hips appear to indicate a female form.

Click here for longer discussion and links to other Lakshmi plaques in collection.

The coin was scanned at 300dpi and displayed at 200dpi. It was obtained in 1999 December from Rajah Wickremesinhe an Author and collector in Colombo, Lanka.