It has been a practice since long that master artists, both
vocalists and instrumentalists, when invited for a prestigious
performance, took with them any of their promising disciples and
allowed him to perform with his learner's instrument and skill.
The sculptor of this wooden piece, well acquainted with this
practice, has included this pupil form of the instrumentalist
Ganesha for giving a realistic touch to his mythological
rendering, which is the very gist of folk art-view.
This moderately clad and ordinarily bejewelled cute figure of
Lord Ganesha is worthy of both, a shrine and a drawing-hall. Wood
is ordinarily a tough medium, but the artist has created out of
it an excellent piece of art which is simply superb in facial
expressions, bodily proportions, depiction of action and an
over-all elegance. Lord Ganesha is sitting like a professional
holding the drum between his legs and belly. Instead of looking
at his drum he has his gaze fixed on the presiding Lord for
knowing his reaction to his performance. This depicts his
confidence and it is with such self confidence and contentment
that he is playing upon his instrument spontaneously and detached
from the world around. The vermilion complexioned deity teems
with energy and radiates with labour.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain
specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr
Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the
National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated
on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
Other Sculptures in this Series:
Ganesha, The Master-Drummer
Ganesha, The Lyrist
His Majesty Lord Ganesha
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How to care for Wood Statues?
Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.
It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster.
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