The form of the hill introduced in the statue, though an element of
the statue’s narrative dimension suggesting a distant destination, is
largely an aesthetic manipulation. It adds bulk to the tiny figure of
the mouse and affords it amicable proportion in relation to the
towering and massive image of the elephant god for unless so projected
a creature of a rat’s size dragging a cart on level ground, holding it
on its tiny shoulders, would have hardly struck the eye. Ascending the
hill the mouse seems to take its master to distant horizons beyond the
hill – beyond all heights and all distances. A mouse normally digs
holes and moves to its destination descending into and passing through
them; Ganapati’s mouse ascends the hill and has upwards rise. Its
skywards raised muzzle has the same perspective and thrust as has the
rest of the statue. Though a low-floor vehicle, the volume of the
Ganapati’s massive figure has almost compressed it to the ground.
With his left leg gathered at right angle and little lifted, and the
right, stretched at one hundred twenty degree angle, the four-armed
Ganapati is seated in his cart in the style known in the classical
iconography as Utkut akasana. He is seated with his body above the
waist as turned a little to right. In both upper hands he is carrying
a pair of nooses, Lord Ganesha’s most favoured attribute he uses for
holding and dragging the erring minds to the right path. A noose is
not the tool of blood-shed, nor blood-shed, its master choice. Of the
other two the normal right hand is held in ‘abhaya’ – the posture
granting freedom from fear and everything untoward, and the normal
left, holding a ‘laddu’ that stands for abundance, joy and
positiveness. Mystics and worshippers of Ganesha revere him as
manifest cosmos. In the statue his trunk is turned to the ‘laddu’ held
in one of his hands symbolising that he feeds and nourishes the
universe which is his own manifestation with abundance and leads it to
joy and positiveness.
Usually a more voluminous body with a larger belly and heavier trunk
the figure of the elephant god in this statue has been largely
relieved of its bulk, obviously to be in better proportion to the rest
of the statue. It has been conceived with a narrow face and an extra
projected centre of the forehead sharply slanting towards the trunk
and on sides further recessing the eyes into their sockets. The trunk
itself has been embellished with a decorative roundel and a course of
thread-design. This projected part of the forehead has on it for the
‘tilaka’ a trident mark – a blend of the form of Shiva’s most loved
attribute and the Vaishnava ‘tilaka’. Unlike his usual form that
provides for the broken tusk on the right in this statue it has been
provided on the left, and is only partially broken. The headgear :
designed partially as a crown and partially as a helmet, is roundish,
not towering as it is in most of his statues, a feeling further
strengthened by the frontal design and the halo-like added disc. He
has been represented as wearing a simple ‘antariya’ – lower wear,
contained by a moderate girdle, and a few simple ornaments, not lavish
jewels, as his most images are crafted with, and this gives to the
figure its rare distinction.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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