On loan to The Met The Met accepts temporary loans of art both for short-term exhibitions and for long-term display in its galleries.
Ganesha Ritual Lamp
Likely part of a Sukunda vessel, this imposing Ganesha holds a noose, a flower, a dish-shaped lamp, and an axe in his four hands. A pair of rat vehicles sits by either hip and on the back handle sits Garuda with his hands clasped in perpetual veneration (anjali mudra). Both playful and fierce, this depiction of the deity shows his trunk reaching for sweets atop a lotus and his headdress decorated with a series of skulls.
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