Antique Vietnamese Style Bronze Standing Cham Four-Arm Ganesha Statue - 25cm/10"
Measures (Height) 25cm/10"
An antique Vietnamese style four-armed form of the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati is a sophisticated representation of the early Cham sculptures.
Ganesha is represented as the embodiment of the asceticism exemplified by his father, displaying the third eye on his forehead. The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful.
Ganesha stands on a circular lotus base which is itself stood upon a square decorated pedestal. Animals stand guard on the pedestal. Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva.
He holds his broken tusk in one hand and a bowl of sweetmeats in another hand. Ganesha is often found playing a musical instrument. Similar to Krishna Ganesha celebrates life through it's pleasures and beauty.
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.