Monday, January 14, 2013

Vintage Indian Elephant Art

Indian Elephant Art

This beautiful elephant is a printed reproduction from a vintage Indian tapestry. Elephants are viewed world wide as positive creatures, and are sometimes revered as deities, who are often symbolizing strength and wisdom. Asian cultures admire the elephant's intelligence and good memory, which has brought the adage, "an elephant never forgets."

About Asian Elephants in Antique Art

Asian elephants are smaller than African ones, and the females are usually smaller than males, which have short or no tusks. Indian elephants' ears are smaller, but broader, and have larger trunks. One reason elephants are popular among antique Indian art is that they look like Ganesha, or Ganesh, one of the most widely worshipped Hindu deities. Ganesha has an elephant head, emerging in the 4th and 5th centuries. He is greatly honored as the "remover of obstacles."

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