Lord Ganesha, child of Shiva-Parvati, is made of equal parts innocence and equal parts wisdom. While in some iconographies He is depicted as the veritable baala-deva (child-deity), the murti of Him that you see on this page highlights the wise side of Ganesha. With His portly belly and the chubby child’s limbs intact, it depicts Him seated in lalitasana upon a giant lotus bloom.
Sculpted entirely from wood, the natural color palette of this composition features creamy ochres, burnt oranges, and ivory creme tones. A richly engraved crown on His brow, and adornments down the length of His torso as well as all six arms (for He is the shashabhujadhari) and feet. The foot of the pendant leg rests on a minuscule lotus at the foot of His throne, while on the other side is His vahana, the mouse, offering up a laddoo.
From the plinth beneath Ganesha’s throne to the prabhavali (aureole) that forms a temple around Him, these aspects of the work convey the sacredness and the divinity of the seated figure. The Kirtimukham at the zenith of the prabhavali makes as if to swallow the Lord’s crown, whilst He remains unperturbed, gazing straight ahead in all gravity.
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