Antique Javanese Style Bronze Dancing Indonesian Ganesha Statue Playing Flute - 29cm/12"
Measures (Height) 29cm/12"
An antique Javanese style bronze dancing Ganesha from Indonesia, in 13th century Majapahit style.
Ganesha stands on a circular double lotus flower base. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
Ganesha's love of life is one that he shares with Krishna. This joy is shown here by Ganesha playing a musical instrument, the flute.
Here Ganesha is also shown holding a number of other items, such as a bell, trident, broken tusk, lotus blossom and an axe. Whilst an elephant-headed deity wielding an axe may inspire images of a belligerent warhead, rest assured these items represent something far more encouraging. Instead, these instruments are rooted in metaphor and promote the idea that we should cut away the obstacles before us. In destroying our vices and obstacles, be they certain hurdles in our lives or more abstract feelings such as jealousy and anger, we can source new beginnings and cultivate a new approach to the things that have been worrying us.
The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful. Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva. He holds his broken tusk in one hand and a bowl of sweetmeats in another hand.
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. One of the most recognizable of the Asian deities this representation of Ganesha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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