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Ganesha, the personification of wisdom, makes his presence felt in this extraordinary sandstone carving. Wayan Kandiyasa is meticulous in the depiction of the beloved deity, and carefully details Ganesha's elephant head, human body and elegant attire. Kandiyasa's image shows a Ganesha of noble spirit with a face that bespeaks of kindness and generosity. Ganesha is revered as the God of Wisdom, and his knowledge avails to remove life's obstacles in the pursuit of knowledge and prosperity.
About the Artist: "My name is Wayan Kandiyasa and I was born on October 5, 1964 on the island of Bali. I come from a family of artists - my father is also a stone carver, who was taught by my grandfather. I make statues and relief work from a stone called paras. I like both traditional and modern styles. I first started to learn at the age of nine with my father, beginning with cleaning and finishing the statues he would make. At the age of thirteen I could already make small statues on my own. At that time, and even now, my inspiration comes to me when I am most relaxed and quiet. An image comes to me and I start to work as calmly as possible, trying to keep the original idea as simple as possible."
The Wayan Kandiyasa Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Wayan Kandiyasa in Indonesia. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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