Indian Pilgrimage Bronze

A song of knowledge and truth!

   Pilgrimage Figure of Saraswati Miniature Bronze

Pilgrimage Figure of Saraswati Miniature Pilgrimage Bronze; 2.25 W x 1.75 D x 3.25 H inches; 12th-16th Century; PRIMITIVE I.D. A1105-722; $1,895

In the story of the blind men and the elephant, a group of blind men are asked to identify an elephant by touching one of its parts. The first feels the trunk and calls it a snake. The second wraps his arms around a leg and declares the elephant is a tree trunk. The third runs his fingers over the tip of the tail and says the elephant is a twig. You get the idea. This story has been told many times in many ways throughout history to illustrate how partial information can be misleading and the difference between truth and fallacy. Yet, this fable also suggests thorough investigation is required for the full truth to be revealed. It is a highly relevant refrain, especially now, and very well sung by this week’s New Arrival.

Detail of Saraswati Miniature Bronze  
Detail of Saraswati Miniature Bronze showing facial erosion caused by centuries of veneration  

This week’s New Arrival features a one-of-a-kind Indian pilgrimage statue of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, learning - and truth. Her features have been reverently eroded over centuries, but you can still make out the lute held across her body, and if you listen intently, the song she has been singing forever. The verses reveal truth is not subject to interpretation. It is not based on assumptions, limited information or incomplete evidence; should not be confused with belief; and cannot be substituted with plausibility, certainty or common sense. She sings truth is neutral until judgment is applied, and although sometimes elusive, may be uncovered through perseverance and reason with a gentle reminder provided by her.