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Antique Nepalese Wood Painting: Ganesh

This painting of Ganesh is done on wood It has a wood stand on the back allowing it to sit where ever you want.

Ganesh is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, and Bangladesh and worshipped by many faiths.

Although he is known for many attributes, Ganesa's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesh is widely revered as the remover of obstacles both material and spiritual, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesh is also invoked as a patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits.

While some texts say that Ganesh was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories. The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesh was created by Parvati using clay to protect her and Shiva beheaded him when Ganesh came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesh's original head with that of an elephant. Details of the battle and where the replacement head came from vary from source to source.  Another story says that Ganesh was created directly by Shiva's laughter. Because Shiva considered Ganesh too alluring, he gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.

Here he is in sitting pose, Lalita Asama with his foot on a lotus pedestal called Padmasana. His four arms hold the pot of precious gems, the Pa or battle-ax symbolizing his severance of worldly attachments,  the red lotus, and an Om sign.  His trunk is facing Left, Vamamukhi, or North facing signifying purity, prosperity, peaceful blissful family bonding, and happiness. The twisting of the trunk symbolizes the sound of Om.

8.75" High x 11.5" Wide x 1.5" Thick

Handmade in Nepal

Antique Nepalese Painting on Wood: Ganesh

SKU: 2655g