(SOLD) Javanese Brass Ganesha Hindu Statue 15 1/2"
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(SOLD) Javanese Brass Ganesha Hindu Statue 15 1/2" Item #4bb8

Materials: Brass (Laiton)

Origin: Hand Made in Java

Height: 15.5 inches

Width: 9.5 inches

Depth: 7 inches

Weight: 8 pounds

Statue Sold

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Description

Lord Ganesh holds a noose, an elephant goad, his broken tusk and a mango.  On the back of his head is the image of Mahakala who is known as the defender of the law and the devourer because in the end time destroys everything.

Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.  Ganesh is also patron of letters and of learning; Ganesh is the legendary scribe who, using his broken tusk, which he often holds, wrote down parts of the Mahabharata epic.

There are several accounts of the birth of Ganesha, the god of wisdom, the remover of obstacles invoked by believers before any new venture, project or undertaking.  It is said that he is the fruit of a miraculous fertilization of Parvati.  This could explain why Ganesha, guarding the door of the room where his mother was taking a bath, did not recognize his father Shiva and forbade him entrance.  Furious, Shiva cut off the head of the young man.  It was replaced by that of the first creature that went by, an elephant, hence Ganesha's appearance.

The statue has a rich antique patina and is mounted onto a small black wood display base.

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