Antique Khmer Style Bronze Seated Ganesha Statue -57cm/23"
Measures (Height) 57cm/23"
An antique Khmer style bronze seated Ganesha.
Ganesha is enthroned on a large pedestal with a lotus leaf and flower motif on its top rim. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all. The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful. Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva.
He holds his mandala in one hand and a dagger in his other.
Whilst an elephant-headed deity wielding a weapon 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 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.