Seated Ganesha


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251

The distinctive crown, pleated wraparound skirt (sampot), and pedestal with a decorated molding all identify this sculpture as coming from Thailand. Keenly naturalistic, the god’s corpulent body has only two arms; his hands grasp his broken tusk and a damaged elephant goad, and his legs are drawn up in a yogic posture. His otherwise smooth body is set off by an anklet, serpent armbands, and a sacred thread in the form of a snake tied at the left shoulder.

Seated Ganesha, Bronze, Thailand

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