This is a very graceful, light weighted, standing wooden statue of Lord Ganapati. He is the most popular of the Hindu deities worshipped by all sections of the Hindus. He is revered as the remover of obstacles and no undertaking, whether sacred or secular, can get started without honouring worshipping him. He is honored as the god of beginnings. He is easily identifiable because of his elephant like head given by Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva.
He is known by various names like Vinayaka (leader of the group), Vighnesvara or Vighnaraja (Lord of obstacles), Ganesha (Lord of the group).
In this statue there is a mark of Om embedded above Ganesh ji’s trunk increasing his divinity. Eventhough he is a portly figure but still the over all look is a slender one. There are striations on his trunk which are similar to that of an elephants’. The trunk is bending towards the left hand with a laddoo in between, appearing as if eating it. The right hand is in the position of Abhaya Mudra, blessing his devotees. The other two hands are holding weapons: Pasha to capture the evil and wicked. The other is Ankush to give the right path of devotion to people. He has large ears enlightening his good listening nature. He is wearing a wonderful ankle length dhoti and a snake is wrapped around his waist as a symbol of Lord Shiva. There is a long necklace just above his navel and a short one clinged to his neck. He is wearing a sacred thread (Janeu) going down from his left shoulder crossing the stomach and then right side of waist and joining it back to the shoulder passing through the backbone. He is standing on a three layered rectangular base. There is a flower shaped Aureole at the back and an attractive tiara like crown with a three layered small temple top. There is a small mouse on the pedestal, which is Ganesha’s vehicle, representing crushing away of unnecessary and useless thoughts.
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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