His Majesty Lord Ganesha

His Majesty Lord Ganesha

Item Code: ZC56
Wood Sculpture
11.5" x 16.0" x 8.0"
4 kg
This pleasant and delightful wooden image of Lord Ganesha represents him in a highly majestic profile, intimate moments and great leisure. In full ease the tension-free Lord is reclining like a feudal chief against a huge bolster, which he is holding under his right arm both to support his heavy body upon it and also to let it not slip due to his massive weight. The lower part of his figure is stretching quite naturally upon the carpet. Lest it looked flat the artist has placed his left leg upon his right giving the figure geometric profile. The inner bliss reflecting on his face, great contentment and absolute ease define the mood and demeanour of the great Lord. There reigns on his face a benign sublimity and great composure. For depicting him in an absolutely relaxed mood the artist has carved just below his forehead his trunk in an extra subdued form. In tension or when labouring this trunk part usually inflates.

The artist has created with master strokes enormously interesting anatomy of the elephant god. Squeezed from both sides his pot-belly has further protruded. The folds which define the belly depict the pressure both from above and below. For evading flatness the artist has conceived not only a diagonal position for his legs but has also bridged the entire form by placing on his raised leg his left arm. Like his posture his ornamentation too is highly balanced. He is wearing a conically shaped crown but considering his reclining posture the artist has designed only a smaller one lest it imbalances the entire figure by its over-dominance. He is wearing a few but elegant ornaments and the usual 'agyopavita'. Save a 'dhoti' he has no other costume on his person but in its deep green and with surging crease it has a majestic look.

This majestic wooden image of Lord Ganesha represents him as listening to a musical concert. This icon is just one member of a group of other Ganeshas who constitute the band of musicians. This image represents the Lord of them all, hence has a golden complexion befitting a majestic person. The image has been based on a flat subdued pedestal befitting the mood and occasion.

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.

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Other Sculptures in this Series:

Ganesha, The Master-Drummer

Ganesha, The Pupil Drummer

Ganesha, The Lyrist

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