Vintage Terracotta Ganesh on his Mouse, India$165.00
This vintage terracotta statue depicts Ganesh with his elephant head and pot belly on a very large representation of his vehicle, (vahana) the mouse who both wear a beaded rosary necklace. His trunk leans to his left to eat the sweets (laddo) which he holds in one hand, which represents earthly prosperity and well-being and his raised arms hold a weapon that symbolizes how we should not fear any obstacles, and conch shell that symbolizes victory and fulfillment. His body is framed by a pointed aurole with raised orbs reflected is divine status and energy. The piece is extremely colorful with red, green and gold pigmentation throughout. It probably was created in a rural part of India, as its style is rustic and earthy, although entirely charming. This and other images of Hindu deities were placed in home shrines where they were venerated daily during a puja ceremony.