Stone; H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm), W. 10 9/16 in. (26.9 cm)
Louis V. Bell and Fletcher Funds, 1982 (1982.220.7)
The elephant-headed deity Ganesha removes obstacles and is thus the god of success and good fortune; in this sense, he is a god of great importance for everyday existence. In Southeast Asia, images of Ganesha were often housed in independent temples where they were primary icons of worship. This is quite different from the South Asian conception of the god, where he usually makes an appearance in temples devoted to Shiva, his father.