Antique Bayon Style Seated Stone Ganesha Statue - 40cm/16"
Measures (Height) 23cm/9"
A seated sandstone Ganesha in the post Angkor Wat, 12th/13th century Bayon style, of the Khmer Kingdom, today's Cambodia.
Ganesha is known for his elephant head, which represents the highest wisdom. His trunk stands for intellect and distinctiveness.
The direction of Ganesha's trunk also 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.
He has only one tusk, which means the transcendence of all dualities, namely pleasure and pain, honour and dishonour, heat and cold, day and night.
Here Ganesha holds his broken tusk and a bowl of Laddus of sweetmeats.
Laddus is the name for Indian sweetmeats. Whilst some may interpret this as Ganesha simply having a sweet tooth or a (relatable) penchant for candy, it is no surprise that the sweet delicacies carry further meaning. These tasty treats represent the reward for a wisely-led life and the eternal sweetness that comes from a fulfilled experience. Dentists around the world will be delighted to hear that Ganesha is never depicted actually eating the sweetmeats, but this item of the deity does also show his parallels with everyday human life. This relates to Ganesha’s status as a Vedic God, which means he does not forget even those who are not his devotees and instead looks out for everyone. This is communicated through his depiction as always looking upwards or at eye-level, as he is surveying all human life and is therefore not solely focussed on those praying to him.
To aid with safe transportation your Ganesha will be wood crated before shipping.
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Buddha’s teachings are known as “dharma.” Buddhism teaches that wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion are important virtues.
Here we discuss the meaning behind the dharmachakra mudra or Teaching Buddha.