Wood statuette, 'Ganesha the Great'
Suar wood boasts a rich, polished tone, accentuating the reverent aspect of this statuette, patiently carved by the hands of Wayan Rendah. Ganesha, the sacred man-elephant, stands atop a supportive lotus bloom. The son of Siwa and Durga, he is said to be able to keep under control the occult forces that bring disaster upon humankind. His clothing and posture evoke a sense of nobility, while his expression bespeaks kindness and generosity. Four arms hold varied symbols of Hinduism, such as the chain (the eternal quality of knowledge), the lontar palm book (the source of accumulated knowledge), and an axe and a lash, which protect the world from evil. This item is individually carved by hand and belongs to a special collection created by the artist.