Ganesha Seated on a Lion Throne


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251

This chubby Ganesha wears a necklace of bells—typically worn by children in India—while using his trunk to reach for a bowl of sweetmeats. He holds his broken tusk as if it were a cornucopia, reflecting his role as a bringer of abundance. He sits in royal ease on a throne flanked by a pair of lions that make direct reference to the vehicle (vahana) of his mother, the goddess Durga.

Ganesha Seated on a Lion Throne, Schist, India

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