This is the popular Hindu god Ganesha, the deity of auspicious beginnings who is also worshipped by Buddhists and Jains alike. His unique characteristic is the elephant's head on an otherwise human body. The boyishness of this lovable deity is conveyed by his chubby physique and playful behavior which includes using his active trunk to scoop up sweetmeats, of which he is inordinately fond.
His second left hand holds a noose, to rein in those who stray away from the path of Dharma. The upper right hand holds a lotus, the symbol of purity; while the lower one makes the Abhaya Mudra (gesture granting fearlessness). Ganesha's large ears open up like two winnows framing his face at the two ends.
Inner bliss reflecting on Ganesha's face, contentment and absolute ease define the mood and demeanor of the great Lord. There reigns on his face not only benign sublimity, but also great composure and affection, reflected in his eyes. Truly a great homage to this beloved god by the sculptor.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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