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 rests under his right arm. He wears a highly elaborate crown
and has large fan-like ears. Numerous anklets, armlets, bracelets and
necklaces adorn his bulky form .
The pronounced stomach is almost wobbly and precariously perched on the oval
lotus pedestal which serves as the base for the entire composition. A wide
waist-belt seems to amplify his girth. The inner bliss reflecting on
Ganesha'a face and his absolute ease define the mood and demeanour of the
great Lord. There reigns on his face a benign sublimity and great composure.
The sculpture has been carved totally in the round (see accompanying image)
with the neat coils of his hair visibly tumbling out of his crown..
This skilfully carved statue comes from Thammapatty (district Salem) in
Tamil Nadu. The sculptor is Shri P. Sengottuvel.
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