Antique Javanese Style Bronze Standing Indonesian Ganesha Statue - 33cm/13"
Measures Height) 33cm/13"
Antique Javanese style bronze standing Ganesha from Indonesia.
Ganesha stands samabhanga on a double lotus flower circular base , which is itself stood upon a square pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
A decorated aureole, with flaming rim and parasol can be seen behind him, confirming his divinity. The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful.
Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva. She wears a richly bejewelled dhotis and upavitas. In his hands he holds a fly whisk, sweetmeats, axe. mace and 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.
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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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.