Stele with dancing GaneshaOn display
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This carving shows Ganesha dancing joyfully, flanked by musicians. He holds a mango or sweetmeat which he savours with his trunk. One of India’s most popular deities, the elephant-headed god is invoked by Hindus at the beginning of a new enterprise.
Stele with dancing Ganesha
Date2nd half of the 7th century - 1st half of the 8th century AD
Material and technique
Dimensionswith mount 90 x 52 x 25 cm max. (height x width x depth)
82 x 52 x 25 cm max. (height x width x depth)
mount 8 x 26.5 x 12.6 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 1994.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 32 | India from AD 600
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Glossary of terms
Chubby elephant-headed Hindu deity and son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the god of wisdom, bestower of wealth, and remover of obstacles who is invoked at the beginning of any enterprise.
Pal, Pratapaditya, ‘Dancing Ganesh in South Asia’, Pratapaditya Pal, ed., Ganesh: The Benevolent (Bombay: Marg Publications, 1995), passim