Standing Ganesha

Nepal, Kathmandu Valley

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251

This animated sculpture shows Ganesha with the svelte body of a dancer. The artist has enhanced the figure’s dynamic pose by eliminating most connection points with the framing halo and by carving the forearms separately and then attaching them with pegs (as evidenced by the socket of a now-lost arm). X-rays of the figure reveal a consecratory deposit in its chest.

In Nepal, Ganesha is revered by both the Hindu and Buddhist communities. In Buddhist temples, his image is often placed at the entrance, along with the great protector Mahakala.

Standing Ganesha, Wood with traces of polychrome, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley

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