To send a message simply fill out the form below.
Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Carved Ivory Bust of Mahatma Gandhi"
|If you do NOT want to receive newsletters from us regarding the antiques trade, please UNCHECK this box.|
To send this page to a friend, fill out the form below..
Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The bust raised on an octagonal carved Indian Rosewood, (Dalbergia latifolia) base
His spectacles carved from the same piece of ivory as the bust
Size: 19 cm high – 7½ ins high / 4¼ ins high –11cm high (bust)
In 1915 Gandhi returned to India and took up the Home Rule agitation. However, he became more than simply a political leader. He preached self-control, a simple lifestyle and the need to develop inner ‘soul-force’ before cleansing the nation. The visible symbol of this simplicity and self-control was the practice of spinning. His dress and deportment marked the emergence of his sense of national destiny and the essence of ‘Indianness’. Although he originally adopted the traditional turban of the Gujarati Bania or merchant caste he soon came to feel that emphasis on caste distinction was as dangerous to national integration as unthinking westernization. He therefore adopted the cap which came to be known as the ‘Gandhi Cap’ and which was the typical headgear of people throughout Gujarat regardless of caste. However as time went on he abandoned even the cap, becoming a virtual political ‘sanyasi’ and dressing as a wandering ascetic. This provoked Churchill’s description of Gandhi as a ‘seditious fakhir’