This striking acrylic on cork measures 37x31 and includes an elaborately designed wooden frame.
In the first part of the epic poem Mahabharata, it is written that the sage Vyasa asked Ganesha to transcribe the poem as he dictated it to him. Ganesha agreed, but only on the condition that Vyasa recite the poem uninterrupted, without pausing. The sage, in his turn, posed the condition that Ganesha would not only have to write but would also have to understand everything that he heard before writing it down. In this way, Vyasa might recuperate a bit from his continuous talking by simply reciting a difficult verse that Ganesha could not understand. The dictation began, but in the rush of writing, Ganesha's feather pen broke. He quickly snapped off a tusk and used it as a pen so that the transcription could proceed without interruption, permitting him to keep his word.
This symbolically explains that any amount of sacrifice is not too much to gain knowledge.
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