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  • Museum number

    1872,0701.62

  • Description

    Figure of Ganeśa carved in beige sandstone. The four-armed god stands on a small lotus; in his hands he holds an axe (paraśu), a dish of sweets (modakapātra), a rosary and his broken tusk. He takes a sweet from the dish with his trunk. The god wears armbands, brackets and an elaborate pearled cap. The yajñopavīta consists of a snake draped across the god's belly. He is flanked at the top by celestial musicians and flying garland bearers; at his foot is a small figure, possibly a devotee. On the lotus base are serpents worshipping and a figure of a rat or mouse (ākhu, mūsika), Ganeśa's mount (vāhana).

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  • Date

    • 12thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89 centimetres
    • Width: 51 centimetres
    • Depth: 24 centimetres
    • Weight: 165 kilograms
  • Bibliography

    • Guy & Willis 2007 no. 67 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    PROMISED Treasures touring exhibition 2014 – 2016
    2012 18 Apr – 17 Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
    2011 22 Oct– 2012 5 Feb, Perth, Western Australian Museum, 'Extraordinary Stories'

    2010 Aug 4- Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’
    26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.
    Walsall, New Art gallery; Indian Sculpture South Bank touring exhibition; 22 Jul-17 Sept 2000 Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Indian Sculpture...; 27 Sept-10 Dec 2000 Southampton, City Art Gallery; Indian Sculture...; 12 Jan-25 Mar 2001
    2012 Nov 30 - 2013 Apr 4, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, ‘Treasures of The World's Cultures’

  • Conservation

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1872,0701.62

Figure of Ganesa carved in beige sandstone. The four-armed god stands on a small lotus; in his hands he holds an axe (parasu), a dish of sweets (modakapatra), a rosary and his broken tusk. He takes a sweet from the dish with his trunk. The god wears armbands, brackets and an elaborate pearled cap. The yajñopavita consists of a snake draped across the god's belly. He is flanked at the top by celestial musicians and flying garland bearers; at his foot is a small figure, possibly a devotee.  On the lotus base are serpents worshipping and a figure of a rat or mouse (akhu, musika), Ganesa's mount (vahana).

Figure of Ganesa carved in beige sandstone. The four-armed god stands on a small lotus; in his hands he holds an axe (parasu), a dish of sweets (modakapatra), a rosary and his broken tusk. He takes a sweet from the dish with his trunk. The god wears armbands, brackets and an elaborate pearled cap. The yajñopavita consists of a snake draped across the god's belly. He is flanked at the top by celestial musicians and flying garland bearers; at his foot is a small figure, possibly a devotee. On the lotus base are serpents worshipping and a figure of a rat or mouse (akhu, musika), Ganesa's mount (vahana).

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