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Ganesha Ritual Lamp

Nepal, Newar

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251

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.

Ganesha Ritual Lamp, Copper alloy, Nepal, Newar

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