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Bronze Image of Ganesh

South India
17th-18th century

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Provenance

from the estate of a private English collector who acquired the bronze in the UK in February 1973.

This small image of the popular elephant-headed deity Ganesh dates to the 17th or 18th century.

It shows Ganesh with a prominent pot belly and four arms, seated on a high, rectangular platform with a flared foot. The lower left hand is holding sweets which the deity is feeding to his trunk.

The image has a dark-chocolate patina, and its features have been worn from puja (ritual prayer) use.

References

Blurton, T.R., Hindu Art, The British Museum Press, 1992.

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