Antique Thai Style Enthroned Bronze Seated Ganesha Statue - 11cm/4"
Measures - (Height) 11cm/4"
An antique Thai style bronze enthroned seatedGanesha. The distinctive azurite and malachite patina of the piece is particularly delightful.
Here Ganesha is seated on an ornate throne. The piece is made from five separate but interlocking parts.
Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva.
In his hand Ganesha is holding the remnants of his broken tusk. The breaking of the tusk has several backstories. One instance suggests that it was shattered when Shiva cut the head off the elephant, prior to bestowing it onto Ganesha. Another writes that Ganesha’s quill broke and he needed a writing instrument – try telling your boss that next time you try to write up a report with an elephant tusk because your computer crashed. Regardless of its multiple origins, the holding of the tusk represents less of a keepsake, and more of a depiction that our spirituality is more important than our outer bodies, meaning we must overcome the duality of the two as separate entities.
The direction of Ganesha's trunk has symbolic meaning. Here the trunk turns to Ganesha's left. This signifies the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders.
In his early forms in India, Ganesha was associated with fertility. Later he became widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences and the deity of intellect and wisdom.
Either side of Ganesha are two Naga serpents providing protection.
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