The image of the gently reclining Ganesha endears Him to us all. The chubby, elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati is widely revered for His childlike appeal. The twin qualities of innocence and wisdom pour forth from His every iconography, including and especially the one that you see on this page.
On a bed of lotus petals of varying colours, reclines the Lord. A bolster under His arm, and a hand to prop up the crowned, elephant-shaped head. Turned to His right, the left hand is stretched out along the length of the body. The legs are bent at the knee in opposite directions, and the right one rests against the left one. A laddoo nestling in the tip of His trunk and a steady, sattvik gaze of the eyes.
Carved from Vengai wood, the medium of choice when it comes to projecting images of the divine, this Ganesha sculpture is the colour of deep earth. The same is minimally punctuated by green and a tint of ochre. Finally, there is a glaze in the finish of the organic medium.
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