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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.59

  • Description

    Figure of Gaṇeśa. Typically corpulent and holding a bowl of sweets, the god is shown standing on a lotus pedestal at the base of which crouches his rat 'vahana'. His anklets are of snakes, as is the sacred thread wound across his chest. The arch within which he stands is of a standard Indian decorative type with a lion mask ('kirttimukha') at the top, and aquatic monsters ('makaras') at each end. Made of stone (schist).

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  • Date

    • 13thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 119 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 p.105, fig.63 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    PROMISED Spotlight Tour: Celebrating Ganesha
    2017 Jan - April, Horniman, London
    2016 Sep - Dec, Venue TBC
    2016 Jun - Sep, Bowes Museum, Durham
    2016 Feb - May, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
    2015 - 2016 Oct - Jan, Museum of Oxford
    2015 Jun - Sep, Russell-Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth

    2007 9 Mar-10 Jun, Beijing, The Palace Museum, Britain Meets the World: 1714-1830
    ?1995 - 2007, ?Jan - Mar, London, BM, GNorthStr, permanent display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • 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

    1872,0701.59

  • Additional IDs

    • Bridge 18
Figure of Ga?esa. Tipycally corpulent and holding a bowl of sweets, the god is shown standing on a lotus pedestal at the base of which crouches his rat 'vahana'. His anklets are of snakes, as is the sacred thread wound accross his chest. The arch within which he stands is of a standard Indian decorative type with a lion mask ('kirttimukha') at the top, and aquatic monsters ('makaras') at each end. Made of stone (schist).

Figure of Ga?esa. Tipycally corpulent and holding a bowl of sweets, the god is shown standing on a lotus pedestal at the base of which crouches his rat 'vahana'. His anklets are of snakes, as is the sacred thread wound accross his chest. The arch within which he stands is of a standard Indian decorative type with a lion mask ('kirttimukha') at the top, and aquatic monsters ('makaras') at each end. Made of stone (schist).

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