A Vintage South Indian Golu Doll: Ganesha

$155.00 USD

mid twentieth century
7 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 3", 19.75 cm x 11.5 cm x 7.5 cm

This beautifully rendered and painted molded figure is what is called in South India a golu or kolu.

These figures--and there were many gods and goddesses depicted in the form of golu--were set out in traditional home displays in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during the nine night Hindu festival called  Navratri.

This particular golu shows what may be arguably Hindu's most popular god, Ganesha. As is well-known, Ganesha is the god who is invoked at the beginning of endeavors as his power is one of clearing the path, of removing obstacles.

This charming depiction of Ganesha shows him seated and fleshy pink in color. He rests on a cerulean blue elevated stand in front of which is his mount or vehicle, a mouse, rat or bandicoot which is almost always depicted with Ganesha.

As can be easily seen on each of the photos here, this mold made sculpture of Ganesha has been worn away by time and use as is indicated on the images attached to this post.

Just wonderful--recommended. 

A Vintage South Indian Golu Doll: Ganesha