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Antique Ganesha, Sri Lanka

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Antique Ganesha, Sri Lanka

Standing Ganesha with a mouse eating laddoos. Bone on ebony base. Probably the most popular god in the Hindu pantheon is Ganesha, the god with an elephant’s head, who is worshipped by Hindus, Buddhists and Jainists alike. Ganesha is a typical popular god, and in this capacity he is seen as the god of wisdom, the bringer of luck, and the clearer of obstacles. Before any journey, any ritual or any major venture, Ganesha is first called upon and worshipped. His enormous belly symbolizes the universe. In this friendly, very earthly manifestation, and at the same time, his elevated yogic principles, he embodies a paradox: earthly delights do not have to be an obstacle to a profound spiritual insight. If Ganesha is the symbol of power and triumph, the mouse is symbolic of the meek. Ganesha is known for his appetite, yet he is allowing the mouse to eat his laddoos. With his power and might he could destroy the mouse with a small blow of his trunk, but he allows the meek, hungry little mouse to have his fill. The message is that we should always care for the meek and the needy. Sri Lanka, 19th century. Measurements: 7 1/2” H x 3” L x 2 1/4” D

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