Alabaster Ganesha shown seated on a lotus, bestowing
his blessings with right hand and holding a ball in his left hand. His trunk is curled up on his right side indicating the right handed path of meditation and abstenace on the path to enlightenment. Fully decorated with painted features at one time much of which has been lost due to the years of worship.
Ganesha is the son of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati. He is described as the remover of all obstacles in the Hindu faith. His image is placed in many temples, and because of being the remover of obstacles he is also seen by certain classes as a god of wealth. He is usually shown with a large stomach and the head of an elephant. The head of the elephant was placed upon the head of Ganesha after his own head had been removed. One story says that Shiva, in anger, cut his son's head off and in regret replaced it with the head of an elephant. Another is that the god Shani, as requested by Parvati, looked at Ganesha and Ganesha's head was instantly burned away. And she was the one who replaced the head with the head of an elephant.
Rajasthan, India, 18th century.
Age: 18 th Cen.
Size: 6 X 4 inches
Price: $1,850.00 USD