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This piece opens a collection of small spiritual and religious icons pictured on top of a lotus.
The first in the collection is a new representation of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom and knowledge, is believed to be the eliminator of obstacles. He is depicted as a "padmasana" Ganesha or lotus pose, with legs crossed, as depicted in the early sculptures of Ganesha from the Gupta period (320 to 550 AD).
Lladro sculptors have represented Ganesha seated on a lotus flower, in budist iconology it represents independence, self-healing and an autonomous existence. In pictorial representations and sculptures it is common to see him sitting on a lotus flower in order to convey serenity and kindness.
Big flowers like this lotus are very complex to elaborate by Lladro artists because the porcelain becomes so thin on the extremes that it can easily break during the modeling or during the firing in the kiln.
One of the most outstanding features of this piece are the details. The intricate detailing on the crown and beautiful jewelry adorning his arm and neck showcase Lladro's excellence in craftsmanship and meticulous attention to details. In the conception of these pieces, Lladro respected the attributes related with the iconography of the Hindu god, the gada (or mace), the pasha (noose or rope), and the broken tusk and the mouse that according to tradition appears near the feet of Ganesha.
Decoratively speaking, Padmasana Ganesha boasts a wide-ranging palette that pays tribute to the wealth of Hinduiconography. In fact, it includes special colors such as the saffron or a very powerful red. The base is designed ex profeso for this piece, enhancing the image of this deity greatly worshipped by Hinduism. Lord Ganesha trascends the iconography of a millenary culture and becomes a universal symbol for wisdom.
|Size||7.5 in. x 5.5 in.|
|Country of Origin||Spain|
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(Posted on 10/20/2013)