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Indian Bronze Buddha Statue
Ganesh
Dancing God of Wealth
India, circa: early 1900S'
H 6 in.(15cm), W 4.5 in.(11.5cm), D 2.5 in.(6.5cm)
Condition: Excellent

Ganesh is worshipped by Hindus, Buddhists and Jainists alike. The elephant headed god appears in India before even Shiva as a bringer of good fortune and wisdom, a remover of obstacles who is called upon at the beginning of a journey or a new venture. He is also the protector of knowledge, books and education.

This finely cast and hand chased bronze is in the traditional form of the god with his great belly symbolizing the expansive universe, around which he wears a snake as a girdle as he dances atop an open lotus. In the hands behind him he holds the ankusha (elephant goad) to guide and the pasha (noose) to convey that worldly attachments and desires are a snare. In his forward left hand he holds a coconut to his trunk to drink the sweet juice. His right hand holds the gada, a club sometimes portrayed as a pestle. This small work is admirably finished, with excellent chasing in the details of the necklaces, the pleats of the dhoti, and the ridges of the crown, the figure animated and gracefully poised in movement.

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