An ethnic and traditional Ganpati mask with twisted trunk intricately crafted by the artisans West Bengal.Â This hand-crafted Ganpati wooden mask can be one of the most exotic items you own.Â
Ganpati, is the elephant headed god of wisdom and success, is the defender and remover of obstacles and has to be propitiated first before worship to other gods. He is one of the sons of Shiva. His elephant head has only one tusk, while other is broken. He said to have lost it in fight with Parasuram. His elephant head is believed to be emblem of wisdom and his mount is the 'Mooshika' called shrew. He is also known as Vinayaka.Â
Locally available wood such as Gamar trees, Mango trees are used to make these masks. Â WoodÂ pieces are kept submerged in large reservoirs containing water mixed with mulberry gum powder, bleaching powder and sal; the pieces are taken out after a week and sun-dried.Â The basic form emerges first with the use of the adze, followed by emphasis on facial features. Gomira masks were painted with natural dyes.Â
It has a hook on the back for hanging.
Comes in two sizes, big and small.Â The size and price are for smaller one.Â