Ganapatihridaya (Silk Original) – Tilly Campbell-Allen
A silk painting of the Buddhist deity Ganapatihridaya (“heart of Ganesha”), otherwise known as Vinayaki in Buddhism and Jainism.
She is on fine ahimsa silk that ‘floats’ over a gilded artist oil board with the edges varnished down to hold the silk taut. The gold shimmers through the silk as the light changes and angle of the onlooker. 24ct gold is also used as sacred highlights on the painting.
As ever, there is little literature about this female Ganesha within the texts of patriarchal Hinduism. So I have been drawn to paint her and bring this beautiful energy back into the fore. Before I include a little of what Wiki. has to say about the elephant headed goddesses, I will say this. To me, I concur with the idea that she is the heart of Ganesha. She is no consort nor a female version of Ganesha. She is a powerful independent goddess energy that resides in love, without whom Ganesha would be nothing but a force.
Size: 12″ x 16″ (31cm x 40.5cm).
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