B/W Ganesh

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B/W Ganesh :

In this sepia painting four-armed Ganesh (Ganapati) is shown dancing in tandavi or bow-and-arrow posture, with his right leg drawn up and his left foot resting upon the saddlecloth of his vehicle, a long-nosed Asian shrew or chuchundra. The shrew gazes upward at Ganesh, with its four feet resting upon the seed-head of a lotus that arises from a lake.

Ganesh's stout and pot-bellied white body is adorned with a floral-patterned loincloth with a pleated apron, a long billowing silk scarf, and a pleated turban-like headdress. He wears golden ornaments, a five-jeweled crown, and a serpent circles his chest and stomach as a sacred thread. Around each of his shins he wears little spherical 'dancing bells' (ghungharu), which are used in classical Indian dance and in the Newar charya-nritya dance traditions. Traditionally up to seventy-five bells are used for each leg, and these bells are sewn onto crescent-shaped sections of felt, which are then bound around the shins or ankles with ribbons.

Ganesh has three piercing eyes, his forehead is marked with the three horizontal lines of a Shaivite tripundra, and the tip of his right tusk is broken off. With his first pair of right and left hands he holds a white radish (mulaka) - his favourite vegetable, and a bowlful of yellow laddus - his favourite Indian sweets. With his second pair of right and left hands he holds aloft a rudraksha bead rosary and an axe.

The lower landscape of this painting shows buds and leaves arising from the lotus-lake, with bushes, rocks and hills behind. Ganesh is enshrined within a torana, the lotus-ornamented and eight-sided pillars of which ascend from the apertures of two longevity vases. On the ornate upper arch of the torana are two makaras, with long scrolling tails and blade-shaped tongues that support little bells. And crowning the top of the torana is the serpent-devouring head of kirtimukha.

© text by Robert Beer