Lord Ganesh, Southeast Asia
Medium:Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Standing centered elephant figure with 4 arms (Ganesh) with patterned border.
Ganesh, the god of knowledge and wisdom, is one of the most popular gods in all of India. He brings prosperity by removing obstacles that could block the path of success. In the beginning of any undertaking and every journey, Hindus pray to Ganesh for blessings. With his human body and elephant head, he represents the microcosm and macrocosm. The elephant is a symbol of the human potential to become enlightened. A unique combination of Ganesh's elephant head and his quick moving tiny mouse as vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence, presence of mind, and modesty. He has four hands and carries a noose as a gentle implement to capture all the difficulties, an axe to cut off the attachments, and a sweet dessert ball (laddoo) to reward for spiritual activity. The palm of his one hand is always extended to bless people. Ganesh is the elder son of Shiva and Parvati.