Ganesha Carving Flat Relief

Ganesha Carving Flat Relief

While this Ganesha is carefully carved in flat relief, at a small scale, the artist has somehow captured the full power of this elephant god: its carved crown, flared tusks, and expressive eyes command -- or perhaps demand -- our attention. Hand carved in the village of Tampaksiring, Bali.

All of our bone products are carved from cow bone, or in Bali known as water buffalo. In Indonesia, as in other tropical lands, the water buffalo is critical to farmers: it provides milk, it is a "living tractor” that plows rice paddies, and is prized by families. When a water buffalo dies, no part of it is wasted: in addition to providing beef to the family, the bones are cured and then carved by talented craft artists. The delicacy of this work reflects difficult hand skills that are passed from generation to generation. 

Approximately 2" L x 1.25 W

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