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Inspirational Lord Ganesha in Indian art

Ganesha in Indian art

Tribal Ganesha. Image of Ganesha in Indian art

Ganesha in Indian art
Ganesha is a popular religious figure in Indian art. Portrayed standing, dancing, taking action against demons, though having a playful behavior. Ganesha has the head of an elephant and a human body with a big belly. Besides, he has four arms, and sometimes even more. Ganesha carries various weapons, but has never used them. The earliest known stone statue of Ganesha with an inscription dated to 531, found in northern China. In Japan, the Ganesha cult was first mentioned in 806. Statues of Ganesha are in Hindu art of Java, Bali, Borneo, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. 5th century image of Ganesha was found at Gardez, Afghanistan. In Buddhist Thailand, Ganesha is a remover of obstacles, and the god of success.

In his iconography Ganesha carries various weapons including a battle-axe but is not known to have ever used them

In iconography Ganesha carries various weapons including a battle-axe but is not known to have ever used them

This exceptional Ganapati image is a synthesis of his Vijaya-Ganapati, Mahaganapati and Vighna-Ganapati form. It is unique in both, extremely fine iconography and details, and strong sense of perception. The force with which the tiny lord is seen charging at the demon is unique in Ganapati iconography. His entire form seems to charge along his weapon. Such ornamentation is rare and quite tough for brass craftsmanship. Even the best of Chola bronzes are not so well adorned. This form is more akin to Nepal bronzes. Every bead, lace, thread has been carved so meticulously.

Lord Ganesha Seated in Lalitasana in the Backdrop of Floral Arch Aureole. South Indian Temple Wood Carving

Lord Ganesha Seated in Lalitasana in the Backdrop of Floral Arch Aureole. South Indian Temple Wood Carving

Ganesha’s large ears open up like two windows framing his face at the two ends, and what is most unique is the turban he is wearing, the style of which is typical to Rajasthan, where this sculpture was created.

Ganesha in Indian art

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