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Cast Brass Image of Ganesh & his Vahana
Nepal
19th century

height without stand: 20.5cm, height with stand: 23.9cm width (without stand):  9cm

This fine image of Ganesh cast in brass is typical of the style adopted among the Newar people in the Kathmandu Valley, who sometimes refer to the god as
'Binayak'.

It shows Ganesh, Shiva's elephant-headed son, standing with one foot on a lotus flower pedestal and the other atop the deity's rat
vahana or celestial mode of
transport.

Ganesh, in this instance, is depicted as particularly lithe and svelte - an unusual depiciton compared to the more portly image with a bulging belly. He has four
arms each of which holds an attribute including one which is delivering a large spherical
laddu sweet to his trunk.

This image would have been part of a larger shrine. It is mounted on a custom-made black wooden stand.

References:
Slusser, M.S., Patan Museum Guide, The Patan Museum, 2002.
Waldschmidt, E & R.L.,
Nepal: Art Treasures from the Himalayas, Elek Books, 1967.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4342

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