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18th century sculpture of Lord Ayyanar

Lord Ayyanar is considered a powerful village God in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the Ayyanar cult goes back to an ancient clan based Dravidian cult of ancestor worship that is linked to nature and fertility. Shrines to this deity are usually located at the peripheries of villages. The temples of Ayyanar are flanked by gigantic and colorful statues of him and his companions riding horses or elephants.The officiating priests are usually non-Brahmins.

Pictured here is the sculpture of this deity, with his spouse, seated on an elephant, adorned by a traditional and exuberant ‘prabhavali’, which is usually placed at the back of the God’s idol to create the effect of an aura. It is an 18th century sculpture, in wood, colored in black and sculpted in the South Indian style. The Great Eastern Home has gathered quite some unique masterpieces such as this in its collection. You can also visit www.thegreateasternhome.com to know about pieces that seek your attention.18th century sculpture of Lord Ayyanar

A glimpse of The Grand Trunk Show at Bengaluru

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18th century high relief sculpture

An 18th century sculpture, it features a man standing on a pedestal and playing a bugle. The attire of the man looks that of a commoner’s as he is seen wearing a frock-coat with a scarf wrapped around his neck and a tight garment below along with a turban on his head. To his left is a young boy also playing a bugle. The man is flanked by animals. The bugle has its own history: it has always been a simple brass instrument having no valves or other pitch-altering devices and it is played by using the facial muscles alone (embouchure). The wood sculpture shows its age and damage has almost obscured the details.

The original location of this piece is unknown but it most certainly shows the workmanship of an old art form.  You can view many more artifacts just like this at http://www.thegreateasternhome.com or at our store, which makes a visit a treat for any history and antiquities buff.

The Great Eastern Home 18th century high relief sculpture

Sculpture of Lord Buddha

The sculpture of Lord Buddha is placed at the entrance of one its many showrooms at The Great Eastern Home. The exquisite piece sculpted in marble cannot escape your attention. A profound calmness is set upon the viewer and is generally noticed that people spend quite some time in front of this particular piece.

Lord Buddha is reclined on a stone slab wearing a Sanghati robe which is painted in lacquer red and black. The outer robe is referred to as the Sanghati robe. The Buddhist monastic robe is perhaps the oldest style of dress which is still in fashion even after 2500 years.

The Buddha is seen wearing Ushnish, which is a three dimensional oval at the top of his head symbolizing the attainment of reliance in the spiritual guide. To express it visually his topknot looks like a crown. The Buddha bears Urna mark which in the Buddhist art and culture is a spiral or in this case a circular dot placed on the forehead as an auspicious mark.

The sculpture is as old as the late 17th or early 18th century A.D. and procured from Burma. It is definite that you would come looking for this piece and marvel its beauty for a long time. Plan your visit soon at http://www.thegreateasternhome.com.

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References:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhistworld/robe_txt.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ushnisha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urna

17th century sculpture of five human figures

The sculpture pictured below belongs to the 17th century.  The entire piece is carved out of wood and depicts a couple seated on a rectangular bench, where the woman is shown combing the man’s hair. They’re flanked by a lady standing with a dog on one side and a man on the other. There is also a man reclining below the bench.

We wouldn’t know what their positioning means but it is said that maybe they represent prayers for some kind of purpose like a strong son, good crops or a bountiful catch of fish or other reasons.  At times the figures of men, women, animals and combinations of all these are served to honor nature and its power in many expressions.

Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of the arts and getting to see an almost 300 year old one is by any standard a fortune. If you would like to see this one, and you are in Mumbai, The Great Eastern Home isn’t that far away. A visit would be worth your while. Plan your visit at   http://www.thegreateasternhome.com.

The Great Eastern Home 17th century sculpture of 5 human figures

Reference:
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3753866

19th century Millstone

Inspired craftsmen have over the centuries taken the most humble object and turned it into a work of art. You would wish to kiss the hands of the sculptor who made a masterpiece out of a massive millstone. Whoever the craftsperson, their work takes us back to their time as they brought beauty to a everyday implement.

The outer portion of the stone is made out of wood. The stone is supported by four legs. It is carved with delicate floral designs on the sides and petal borders on its surface, whereas the inner round stone has the mouth through which whatever had to be ground was placed. Even this is bordered by geometrical patterns.

When you see the picture enlarged, you realise how much artistic dedication and commitment called on to procure such fine carved embellishments.

You can come inspect this giant millstone at The Great Eastern Home. You could try and move it. Plan your visit at http://www.thegreateasternhome.com.

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