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11th C Khajuraho Greatest Ever Lord Ganesha Elephant God India Antique For Sale
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11th C GIANT SACRED TEMPLE DANCER GREATEST Lord Ganesha I present to you our most prized Steele of certainly the mos timportant deity in antique subcontient art. Every collection is judged by the quality of the ganesha within it and such a piece I present to you cannot be rivaled by another.Such steles with images of dancing Ganesha are usually placed in niches on the south walls of temples, where they are the first major images that devotees view as they begin their clockwise circumambulation. This placement is appropriate for a divinity who is regarded as the god of beginnings and is to be invoked before undertaking any task. This role has assured Ganesha's popularity with all Hindus, and even the Jains and the Buddhists worship him. Ganesha also has his own small shrines in most large temple complexes, but dancing images of the god are generally meant for external walls. Clearly, Ganesha dances in imitation of his father Shiva, who is considered to be the supreme teacher of the performing arts as well as the cosmic dancer. Even if profound philosophical import is not attached to Ganesha's dance, certainly he appears to have been a popular figure in the iconographic scheme, especially of Shiva temples. Both the variety and complexity of his dancing images are also noteworthy compared to the repertoire of his more celebrated father. Both aesthetically and technically, Ganesha's feat, considering his bulk, is no less laudatory and admirable than Shiva's. In this perfectly preserved and deeply cut relief, the dancing god is portrayed with eight arms. He is shown, mimicking his father's dance of victory, when Shiva upholds the flayed hide of the elephant titan Gajasura in a similar fashion. One almost sees a Freudian touch here as the elephant-headed one (gajanana) upholds the serpent, which is a prominent symbol of his father. Among his other visible attributes are a battleaxe and a trident, both of which he usurps from his father. The lower-left hand holds a bowl of sweets, which he loves to eat, explaining his ample girth. Nimble footed, he dances to the rhythmic sound of a drummer on one side and a singing devotee on the other. Above him to this top flanks celestial apsara and attendants. A half lotus is carved on the base, and a large lotus halo sets off this head. Much of the stele behind the dancing god has been completely cut away, allowing the viewer to appreciate better the three-dimensional volume and buoyancy of the form, with its multiple arms, bulky body, and elephant's head with large fan-like ears. Indeed, it is his elephantine form and his boyish nature that perhaps make Ganesha's dance an example of cavorting rather than of cosmic activity, although some poets and theological texts extolling his glory do emphasize the latter aspect. Measuring a life temple size near GIANT 50 inches in height with base, this makes for one of the most significant if not most previous addition to any single collection. * one of the finest ganeshas we have ever offered*HEIGHT: 20 INCHES WIDTH: 15 INCHES
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