Big enough for any temple this large antique bronze depicts a three-headed version of
one of the most popular Hindu Gods, Ganesh.
This version is called a Trimukha Ganesha.
It represents the three states of being called the Gunas (Qualities and Attributes).
They are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva is the mode of goodness and equilibrium,
Rajas denotes passion, effort and action or activity and Tamas depicts ignorance,
lack of action or inertia. In its purest state, the mind is pure Sattva and the two sources
of mental disturbances are Rajas (Excess activity) and Tamas (Inactivity).

It was purchased years ago by the previous owner from the specialist
Asian antiques dealer in the Sydney Antique Centre at the time.
We are not experts in this field and the previous owner didn't retain the sales invoice
but it was purchased as late 19th century and it certainly looks to have some age.
It is an impressive piece of bronze artwork no matter how old it is.

Its hard to give an idea of scale in the photos but it is a very large bronze.
It measures 79cm tall overall ie the statue itself is 72cm and the marble base is about 7cm high.

This dancing Trimukha Ganesha has six arms all holding different objects and two rats at his feet, eating.
I'm not sure what the items are that he is holding except for one which is the traditional
'broken tusk' that all Ganesh hold.
One of the rats is fixed in place but the other one spins around a little
within a circle - not sure why this is but has definitely been purposely done.

Ganesha or (Ganesh) is the elephant-headed god in Hinduism. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati.
He represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavours.
The large head of an elephant symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one must
possess to attain perfection in life. The wide mouth represents the natural human desire to enjoy life in the world.
The large ears signify that a perfect person is the one who possesses a great capacity to listen to others
and assimilate ideas. The big belly shows bountiful living and this one has a great big belly!

Stunning in detail and size this is an n absolute show stopper.
I have no idea how many kilograms it would weigh but too much by far
to be posted anywhere. It could be delivered by a specialist courier like Pack & Send
but I could not give any idea of the cost obviously without knowing a final destination.


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