Ganesha, the elephant deity, is one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the Hindu and Buddhist pantheon. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of the arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is invoked for auspicious beginnings, at the start of travel, marriage and new adventures. His vehicle is the mouse, moushika, symbolizing Ganeshas’ ability to travel anywhere to assist, even the smallest places.
This is s small mokuhanga woodblock. I wanted to challenge myself to carve small. It's more difficult. He is 6x8 inches with a double mat bringing the size to 8x10. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. The inks used are sumie and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. I hand painted the woodblock after printing. He is also available as a one-color woodblock.