SculpturesHinduTwo Form...

Two Forms of Ganesha

Two Forms of Ganesha
Availability: Can be backordered
South Indian Temple Wood Carving
48.0" X 15.0" X 4.0"
14.1 Kg
Item Code: EZ25
Price: $1200.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 20 to 24 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $240.00
Viewed 9589 times since 28th May, 2011
This statue, carved with fine details, precision and rare technical maturity revealing unique grace and divine aura, using as its medium ebony or shisham, or ebony-like looking copper-hued and hard wood, represents in vertical order two forms of Ganesha, on the bottom being a seated image, while on the top, a standing one in great poise revealing exceptional divinity. All images of Lord Ganesha, even those in dance, sporting or engaged in a childlike innocent mischief, are auspicious, inspire devotion and command reverence; however an image for sanctum is usually conceived with absolute composure, divine aura and infinite quiescence capable of containing the devotee’s mind from straying. Both images in the panel, standing and seated, have been conceived and carved pursuing the same model as set in the iconographic traditions for a sanctum image.

This adherence to tradition in conceiving and carving these twin images of the elephant god goes further. Keeping in mind that the images carved could also be used as sanctum images the artist chooses for them the standard forms of Ganapati iconography as set early texts and evolved in tradition across centuries. He has chosen for these images the iconographic model of Ganesha as Ekadanta, one of his earliest eight manifestations, some defining his anatomy, and other, his mind. Of these eight forms, Ekadanta – single-tusked, Dhumravarna – smoke-coloured, Vakratunda – one with curved trunk, Mahodara – one with big belly, Gajanana – elephant-faced, Lambodara – one with corpulent belly, and Vikata – deformed, relate to various forms of his anatomy, while the eighth, Vighnaraja – the king of obstacles or one who contained detriments, to his basic nature and attitude of mind. Most of his forms in his subsequent classical iconography, mainly the thirty-two that the Mudgala Purana finally enumerates, are largely the expansion of these eight basic forms.

The basic form of both Ganapati images, represented as enshrining two independent niches or sections of the Prabhavali, is Ekadanta, though they also incorporate elements of his other forms, Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati in particular, his two other classical forms evolved in the course of time. The basic imagery of both, Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati, seems to have evolved largely out of Ekadanta iconography. In almost all forms the elephant god is represented as single-tusked but in his Ekadanta form, as here in these twin-images, this aspect of his iconography is more thrusting. While the left tusk is quite large and pointed, the right – broken one, is almost blunted.

Ekadanta, Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati are four-armed forms of Lord Ganesha, though while Ekadanta carries in his hands a rosary, broken tusk, axe and laddu, Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati carry a goad, noose, mango and broken tusk. The twin-images present a blend of both. They borrow goad and noose from Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati, while the broken tusk and laddu, from his Ekadanta form. What links the twin-images decisively with Ekadanta iconography is the body colour of the twin-images. While Vijay Ganapati and Srashti Ganapati are red-hued, Ekadanta is blue-bodied. In mythical terminology black, as in case of Vishnu and Vaishnava incarnations, is alluded to as blue. Obviously, artist’s choice of black wood for these twin-images of Ganapati is not casual. He has used it for representing the body-colour of the two images in accordance to the Ekadanta iconography.

Both images have been installed in independent niches comprising two sections of the Prabhavali consisting of two parallel flat columns rising from a lotus pedestal and rounding on the top turn into a shallow arch. The one-third of the height towards the bottom has been separated by a beautifully moulded lintel slab dividing the Prabhavali into two sections, the lower one of which the seated image of Lord Ganesha enshrines. Its upper and larger part his standing image enshrines. Along the pillars and the arch on the top there rise vines with curling branches, stylized plantain leaves and large buds, all beautifully designed and created. The bottom image is seated on a pedestal while the standing image in the upper niche is poised on a full blooming elaborate lotus. On the right side of this standing image is parked the deity’s mount mouse while on his left is a devotee with a basket of laddus on his head. Relatively larger, his trunk is directed to the laddu that Lord Ganesha is carrying in his lower left hand.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.

Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Two Forms of Ganesha (Hindu | Sculptures)

Large Size Bhagawan Ganesha Seated on Rat
Ganesha in Different Forms (Panel)
Ganesha Wall Hanging
Lord Ganesha with Lakshmi and Saraswati in Floral Arch
Large Size Rinamochana Ganesha
Dancing Ganesha with Two Shivagan
Bhagawan Ganesha
Kamalasana Shri Ganesha
Large Size Bhagawan Ganesha Seated on Rat
Seated Bhagawan Ganesha
Detailed Ganesha Panel
Lord Ganesha with Royal Umbrella
Large Size Panchamukha Ganesha (Five-Headed Ganapati)
Lord Ganesha Seated on Lotus Seat
Large Size The Five-faced Heramba Ganesha
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA