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Seated Ganesha

Date:
14th–15th century
Culture:
India (Orissa)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1964
Accession Number:
64.102
Not on view
The Hindu god of auspiciousness, Ganesha, is popularly accepted as the first son of Shiva and Parvati. As the deity who controls obstacles—their invention and their removal—he is worshiped prior to any serious undertaking. This seated four-armed Ganesha holds one of his tusks, two entwined snakes, an elephant goad, and a box of sweets.
#7994. Seated Ganesha
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