Seated Ganesha

India, Kashmir

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251

Much worn from ritual ablutions, this small figure of Ganesha was probably used in a personal shrine. The god’s stepped pedestal, lotus throne, and tripartite crown are all attributes of images created in Kashmir. This region was an early center for the worship of Shiva, so it is not surprising that his corpulent son would also be venerated there.

Seated Ganesha, Stone, India, Kashmir

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