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Posted by: 2013-08-10

12th Century stone statue of Lord Ganesha in Indonesia
Jakarta: Archaeologists in Indonesia have a rare 12 Century stone statue of Lord Ganesha, which has won only one in the country in which the elephant-deity is depicted as riding on a mouse. According to a report in the Jakarta Post, a team of researchers from the MPU Purwa Historical Object Preservation Center in Malang, East Java recovered the statue. "The mouse is apparently included as an animal as a vehicle of Ganesha, but this type of statue has never been found in Indonesia before. Ganesha is usually seen riding the lembu Nandhini cow bird Jatayu Padmasana or the Lotus," said Malang archaeologist Suwardono. Other singularities of this statue, which passed recently by a private collector, include Ganesha's stiff facial expression and a badhong carving on the shoulders. The decorations worn by the god, also called Samboghakaya are also more expensive. "The badhong strand is inherited part of the special property of statues from the Kediri kingdom of Raja Baneswara to Kertajaya kingdoms. A special feature is the mouse as a vehicle on the base of the statue," said Suwardono. Suwardono said he had the statue with the National Archaeology checked against research and development center in Jakarta, the Center for Archaeological Trowulan Conservation and Heritage in Mojokerto and the Archaeological Centre in Yogyakarta, the results had confirmed the statue of a one-of-a-kind which had never been seen before. The epigraphists and iconographer explained that the 40 - to 22 - by 22-centimeter statue is to be placed in temples, originated in northern India and gradually spread further south. The statue is usually placed on the back of a temple for worship. It acts as a balance and a guardian for unsafe areas and is related to worship to ward off disaster. The statue was obtained from a collector named Jayusman, a resident of Jl. Samba in Malang. Jayusman said he had received the statue of a Chinese-Indonesian collectors long ago. Suwardono found the specific characteristics after analyzing the statue for the last two weeks. "These artifacts are invaluable and sought after by collectors," said Suwardono.