Valampuri Ganesha

 

ValampuriOne more Ganesha. A Valampuri (with the trunk turned to the right). Ganesha is a remover of obstacles and the Valampuri is considered a highly auspicious form of Ganesha.

Ganesha is holdinValampuri backg battle axe and noose in his rear hands. It is not clear as to what is in his front hands. He is seated in lalitasana. His vahana a rat, more specifically bandicoot, is just below his right leg. He is seated on an oval-shaped Padma peetam.

As usual, his belly is ample and prominent.

This bronze shows considerable age, in terms of ritual wear, accumulation of worship related material and deep patina.

Ganesha is one of the widely available bronze figures. Others widely available bronzes include Hanuman, Mahishasuramardhini/Durga and Krishna.

Still Valampuri Ganesha remains rare and special.

This is probably from Tamil Nadu and may date to the 18th century if not earlier. It is about 5.5. cm in height.

You need not be a collector to feel some bronzes reach out to you and this is one of them.

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