“Pompeii Lakshmi” is an ivory statuette, thought to be of Goddess Lakshmi, from the 1st century CE, that was discovered in the ruins of Pompeii which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius 79 CE. The place of production is thought to be Bhokardan, (present day Maharashtra) Satavahana territory.

This finding speaks to the Indian-European trade relations at the time. This ivory statuette found in a residence on the Via della Abbondanza in Pompei had a dye house next to it. it is therefore postulated that she couldve been sent to Italy with a shipment of Indigo from India.

While she was identified as Lakshmi by Italian archeologist Amedeo Maiuri, she is alternatively thought to be representative of a yakshi. She may also have formed the handle of a mirror, due to the presence of a hole above her head.

The elaborate conical earrings adorned by her also bear semblance to ones depicted on terracotta figurines prominent in eastern India during the third and second centuries BC, and a shell replica of the same was discovered at the site of Kausambi in northern India.

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