Antique Vietnamese Style Stone Cham Mounted Ganesha Torso Statue - 74cm/30"
Measures (Height) 74cm/30"
An antique Vietnamese style sandstone mounted Ganesha torso. This four-armed form of the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati demonstrates the sophistication of Cham sculptures.
Ganesha is represented as the embodiment of the asceticism exemplified by his father. His elephant features are sensitively and naturalistically rendered and blend seamlessly into the anthropomorphic figure beneath. Typical, of 8th century Cham style.
His torso is clothed in a finely carved short sampot knotted at the waist, in the Khmer 8th/9th century Angkor Borei style, standing frontally with squared shoulders and hips. The stone finely polished.
Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva. He holds a bowl of sweetmeats in his 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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