Lakshmi (Laksmi or Laxmi), also know as Sri Lakshmi or Sri, is the goddess of wealth. She is considered to be the primeval goddess who appeared on the cosmic waters at the beginning of creation, floating on a lotus flower. As Vishnu's shakti, she is the sustaining force in the universe and forms with him the dual deity called Lakshi-Narayana, symbolizing the transcendental unity of opposites in the absolute Brahman.
Sri Laksmi is shown here with four hands. Two hands hold ritual implements. A third hand is in abhaya mudra or the mudra of protection, with the hand lifted to shoulder level with the palm turned outward and all fingers extended upward. The fourth hand is in varada mudra, the gesture of charity or conferring a boon. The arm is extended all the way down with palm facing outwards, fingers extended downwards.
This bronze statue is inlaid with silver, an uncommon technique requiring great skill on the part of the Indian craftsman.