Antique Khmer Style Bronze Seated Ganesha Statue - 65cm/26"
Measures (Height) 65cm/26"
An antique Khmer style bronze seated Ganesha.
In the pantheon of Hindu deities, one figure stands out with a charming and endearing presence—Lord Ganesha. Revered as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings, Ganesha holds a special place in the hearts of millions.
At the core of Ganesha's special significance is his role as Vighnaharta, the Remover of Obstacles. Devotees invoke Ganesha's blessings to seek guidance and assistance in overcoming challenges and hindrances in their lives. The elephant-headed deity is believed to pave the way for success and prosperity, making him an indispensable figure in Hindu worship.
Lord Ganesha is also celebrated as the Lord of Beginnings (Vighnavinashaka). His auspicious presence is invoked at the commencement of any new venture, be it a wedding, business venture, or an academic pursuit. Devotees believe that seeking Ganesha's blessings ensures a smooth and obstacle-free start to any endeavor.
The elephant head of Lord Ganesha is symbolic of wisdom, intelligence, and foresight. Devotees turn to Ganesha to seek guidance in matters of knowledge and learning. His portrayal as the patron of arts and sciences emphasizes the importance of cultivating intellect and creativity.
Here Ganesha holds his broken tusk in one hand and a bowl of laddus, the name for Indian sweetmeats, in his other.
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.
Here Ganesha also holds 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.
Lord Ganesha's special significance lies in the multifaceted nature of his divine attributes. As the Remover of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings, and symbol of wisdom, Ganesha embodies qualities that resonate with the universal human experience.
His approachable nature, cultural ubiquity, and teachings on balance make him a cherished figure whose special essence continues to captivate hearts and inspire devotion across the globe.
The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful.
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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Dancing Ganesha, with his rhythmic movements and divine grace, beckons devotees into the sacred space of the cosmic dance—a dance that encompasses creation, destruction, and the unending celebration of life.