Large Wooden Goddess Lakshmi

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The great feminine energy in Hindu tradition is envisioned in numerous forms by her deities, one of which is the roopa of the mother goddess as “Dayini” or giver. Manifesting the maternal and nurturing aspect of the Adi-Shakti, the goddess Lakshmi in Hinduism is a divine form of Devi as the giver or bestower of auspiciousness, wealth, luxuries, and opulence in material and spiritual realms. Encompassing the powers of the mother goddess as the Universal giver, this large teakwood Lakshmi statue represents the Devi in a heavenly mood, ever-ready to shower her devotees with riches that never end. 

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Item Code: MIT694
Height: 32 inch
Width: 15 inch
Depth: 5 inch
Weight: 9 kg
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Born seated on a Padma (lotus), goddess Lakshmi in this wooden statue is offered a lotus pedestal to stand on. Her physical allure is beyond words- her face is enlivened with the luster of perfectly polished wood, her hands are formed realistically and her body bends limberly at her waist and legs, instilling in the composition a divine essence. The ornamentation of Maa Lakshmi is elaborate and full of motifs such as lotuses and Kirtimukha (face of glory, a symbol of royalty, studded on Devi’s girdle) that represent her might and godliness.

Floral vines, symbols of the beginning of life and fertility- attributes that are attached to goddess Lakshmi from her first references in art and literature, are used in profusion by the carver of this wooden Lakshmi statue, to reinforce her connection with these qualities. Two birds, “Pakshi” that are identified with the human soul or “atman” are perched on the creepers, nourishing themselves from the proximity to the great goddess. A snug lotus garland hung around Devi’s neck continues to bloom magnificently further forming lush curls of flowers near goddess Lakshmi’s legs. Similarly, the center folds of Maa Lakshmi’s elegant dhoti have been transformed into bustling vines, each strand of which has been carefully carved to give the effect of overlapping.

On the reverse of the wooden goddess Lakshmi statue, Devi’s luxurious hair flows like a river and reaches the back of her thighs. The floral tassels of her crown, armbands, and waistband are delineated to add grandeur to the statue. With motherly affection emanating from her eyes, goddess Lakshmi holds her primary hands in the gestures of giving boons and dispelling fears and carries a bunch of lotuses in her secondary hands. In this majestic murti, goddess Lakshmi resides as the ultimate source of life, nourishment, wealth, and salvation for the human soul, atman.

How to care for Wood Statues?

Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.


  • Wood tends to expand and contract even after it has been processed, thus it is always recommended to keep the wooden sculptures in rooms with little humidity. Excess moisture can harm your masterpiece.


  • Periodical dusting of the finished piece is necessary to maintain its beauty as dust accumulation on the surface takes away the shine of the sculpture. You can use a clean and soft cloth or a hairbrush for this purpose.


  • You must avoid applying any chemical-based solutions that may damage the wood from the inside. Instead, you can apply lemon oil or coconut oil using a cotton rag to the sculpture to bring out its natural shine. Lemon oil also helps to clean any stains on the sculpture.


  • Applying a layer of beeswax protects the wood from sun damage and hides even the smallest imperfections on the wood.


It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster. 

How are wood statues made?

Wood has been a preferred material for sculptures and statues since ancient times. It is easy to work with than most metals and stones and therefore requires less effort to shape it into any desired shape or form. The texture of the wood gives an element of realism to the sculpture. The selection of an appropriate wood type is necessary for carving. Woods that are too resinous or coniferous are not considered good for carving as their fiber is very soft and thus lacks strength. On the other hand, wood such as Mahogany, Oakwood, Walnut wood, Weet cherry wood, etc., are preferred by sculptors because their fiber is harder.

A wood sculptor uses various tools such as a pointed chisel in one hand and a mallet in another to bring the wood to the desired measurement and to make intricate details on it. A carving knife is used to cut and smooth the wood. Other tools such as the gouge, V-tool, and coping saw also serve as important tools in wood carving. Although the wood carving technique is not as complex and tough as stone carving or metal sculpting, nonetheless, a wood carver requires a high level of skills and expertise to create a stunning sculpture.

1. Selecting the right wood

The process of wood carving begins with selecting a chunk of wood that is required according to the type and shape of the statue to be created by the sculptor. Both hardwoods and softwoods are used for making artistic pieces, however, hardwoods are preferred more than softer woods because of their durability and longevity. But if heavy detailing is to be done on the statue, wood with fine grain would be needed as it would be difficult to work with hardwood.

2. Shaping the wood

Once the wood type is selected, the wood carver begins the general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. A gouge is a tool having a curved cutting edge which is useful in removing large unwanted portions of wood easily without splitting the wood. The sculptor always carves the wood across the grain of the wood and not against it.


3. Adding detailing

When a refined shape of the statue is obtained, it is time for making details on the statue using different tools. This is achieved by using tools such as a veiner to make and a V-tool to create decorative and sharp cuts.


4. Surface finishing

Once finer details have been added, the sculptor is ready to smoothen the surface and give it a perfect finish. Tools such as rasps and rifflers are used to get a smooth surface. The finer polishing is obtained by rubbing the surface with sandpaper. If a textured surface is required, this step is skipped. Finally, to protect the statue from excessive dirt accumulation, the sculptor applies natural oils such as walnut or linseed oil all over it. This also brings a natural sheen to the statue.


Wood statues are lighter in weight and less expensive than metal or stone pieces. Because wood is prone to fast decay by fungus and algae, statues made out of this material are not preferred to be kept outside. The rich tradition of wood carving in countries such as Africa, Egypt, India, and Nepal has been followed for many centuries. Indian craftsmen are specialized in this classic art and continue to exhibit their extraordinary artistic skills.

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