stela, religious/ritual equipment, figurine

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.


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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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