Stele with dancing Ganesha

On display

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.


  • Title

    Stele with dancing Ganesha

  • Associated place

    west India (place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd half of the 7th century - 1st half of the 8th century AD
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  • Dimensions

    with 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)
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  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 1994.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 32 | India from AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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Further reading

Pal, Pratapaditya, ‘Dancing Ganesh in South Asia’, Pratapaditya Pal, ed., Ganesh: The Benevolent (Bombay: Marg Publications, 1995), passim

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