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Trimukha Ganesha

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South Indian Temple Wood Carving

3.0 ft x 1.8 ft x 0.5 ft
22.0 kg
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This magnificent statue carved out of a single log of teak Vangai wood usually brought from Kalakorchi region in Tamilnadu, represents Trimukha Ganapati, the three-faced contemplative form of Lord Ganesh. The image, an example of exceptional craftsmanship, is a master art-piece of South Indian wood art. The statue at the same time completely adhers to the tradition of Ganesh's votive iconography. The red hued Trimukha Ganapati looks ahead but not behind and is thus essentially the deity of optimistic forward aptitude. Protection is his gesture and blessings his deed and hence, this deity image has sometimes a form wherein his left hand imparts 'abhaya' and the right one bestows blessings. Trimukha Ganapati has been conceived with six arms bearing in them usually a noose, goad and vessel of nectar or 'modaka', though this image has instead a tusk, noose, goad and 'modaka'. He has red complexion and sits on a seat consisting of golden lotus flowers.

This Ganapati statue in South Indian art tradition, besides its attributes corresponding to its Trimukha Ganapati form, is remarkable for its very well defined sharp elegant features, tender face, fine fingers and as much fine nails each carved with great precision and finish. The typical South Indian spiral crowns tower his three heads. He has 'tripunda' mark on his forehead testifying his devotion to his father Lord Shiva. His large ears are not seen flanking on sides as they do in many iconographic representations of Ganesh. They are elegantly folded and appended to his face creating great formative balance.

Lofty, rich and elaborate but selected ornamentation defines this unique Ganesh icon. The image has usual 'yajnopavita' around its chest, a broad necklace upon its neck, a girdle on the waist and a sash on its abdomen. The ornaments on its feet and ankles and the bangles on its arms impart to the innocent looking Ganesh icon a feminine touch blended with the child-like innocence. The figure is wearing a 'dhoti' which has the reflection of a lotus leaf. It has well defined folds and colour shading. Three lotus layers constitute the seat for the image. The lowest of them consists of inverted lotuses. The highly raised pedestal the image is stalled on consists of vertically rising lotus stems and a line of lotuses above them.

'Prabhavali' or the fire-arch around the Ganesh image is a special and perhaps the most attractive feature of this art-piece. It consists of a ring of lotuses and is topped by an artistically carved 'Shrimukha'. Its whiskers, flanking like wings of mythological fairies on both sides, artistically balance the entire composition. On its right the fire-arch terminates into a bowl full of 'modakas' and on its left with the mouse, the known vehicle of Lord Ganesh.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.

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