Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Seated Four-Armed Ganesha

Date:
ca. 1775
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bundi)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
5 15/16 x 4 1/2 in. (15.1 x 11.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Daniel J. Slott, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.440.15
Not on view
Ganesha, the Hindu god of good fortune is shown sitting on a multitiered lotus—holding in his left hand a manuscript and water pot, and in his upper right an elephant goad. His lower right hand is placed on his stomach. Below him, facing a wheel-like device are two rats; as an animal that can overcome any obstacle, the rat is appropriate as this god's vehicle.
Daniel J. Slott , New York (until 1977; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2000–2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007.

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