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Specialty of Ganesh images & idols

In the western part of Madhya Pradesh or Maharashtra, the Ganesh image or idols in the temple are stone images that are often vermilion-painted. On the other hand, in South, they are oil-anointed to darken them and make them shiny. It is to be noted that Gold plates on white marbles give another look to the temples. Gold plates are also used for the enjoyment of wealthy amateurs. White marbles are also used to carve very nice brightly painted statues (17 ko).

The materials that are used in making the small Ganesh statues are quite very different. In most cases the mineral materials used are semi-precious stones (23 ko) such as coral, light green jadeite, aventurine, malachite, hyaline quartz, most times non-natural (powder restored by glue), even false (plastics can be sold as coral), amethyst, various jaspers, tiger-eye, lapis-lazuli, labradorite and also rough rubies are used in the making of small Ganesh statues.

In order to make all weather Ganesh statues, idols and images wood materials are also used. Raw or polished, in teack, cedar or more common kind of woods, they look very ornamental. Uncolored or red/green-painted wood statues (31 ko) are characteristic of the Tamil Nadu and Orissa production.

Ganesh is represented as painting murals in the various regions of Rajasthan. Between the end of 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, there were lot of depiction of Ganesh images on the haveli and manors which belongs to the rich business community, and were built in the rural and urban settlement.

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