GANESH, THE HINDU ELEPHANT GOD by George Pedder-Smith

GANESH, THE HINDU ELEPHANT GOD

GANESH, THE HINDU ELEPHANT GOD by George Pedder-Smith

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
Size: 55.1 H x 55.1 W x 0.8 in
Following a month in India, January 2015, I was inspired to paint the elephant god. The items in his hands all have a symbolic meaning which can be researched online. In his lower right hand he carries an elephant goad, which is about his power to to get things moving. The lotus flower has to do with cutting earthly ties and the round right card carries the word 'om' which is used in meditation. There's a story about him needing a pen at some crucial moment and he broke off a tusk for that purpose. His inner right hand is held up in the shape of a blessing while his inner left holds a sweet dumpling as the reward for doing good. The rope by his left ear is for tying him to higher things, the beads below are about the pursuit of knowledge and the conch shell is supposed to bring wealth or luck. (There may be other interpretations and I am not an expert.) Although the work is painted on a canvas 100 cm square, it hangs as a diamond, as you can see from the photo, which was taken at an exhibition. This makes the horizontal and vertical measurements larger than 100 cm square. The vertical and horizontal measurements are from corner to corner and these are both 140 cm.
Keywords: beads, rope, tusks, india, conch, hindu, lotus flower, elephant, ax, mythology