Seated Ganesha

Historical period(s)
Hoysala dynasty, 12th-13th century
Medium
Chloritic schist
Dimensions
H x W x D: 88.6 x 53.7 x 33.7 cm (34 7/8 x 21 1/8 x 13 1/4 in)
Geography
India, Karnataka state, Halebid
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.960
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26a: Gods, Companions, and Devotees
Classification(s)
Sculpture
Type

Hindu sculpture

Keywords
axe, conch shell, Ganesha, Hoysala dynasty (1110 - 1327), India, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Elephant-headed Ganesha, the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles, is perhaps the most popular god in India. Hindus regard him with affection and invoke him at the start of every new project, whether it be cooking a feast or writing an exam paper; he is also placed at the entrance to temples so that worship may commence with him.

This sculpture displays the ornate carving and exuberant decoration characteristic of art created under the Hoysala dynasty (1042-1346). The decorated floral arch surrounding the sculpture suggests that it once occupied a cell or niche in a temple.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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