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Indian Bronze Ganesh or Ganesha

Bengal, India
17th century or ealier

height: 6.3 cm

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Provenance

UK art market

This small, lost-wax cast bronze figure of Ganesh dates to the 17th century or earlier. A very similar example in the Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami) has been given a 14th century dating (see Dursum, 2004, p. 85).

The image shows the deity with two arms, one feeding sweets to his trunk, and the other holding an attribute.

Ganesh’svahana (mount), a rat, is at his left knee.

The patina is well-developed, untouched and variegated. The casting is solid. An old museum or collection tag affixed to the bottom that indicates: “LORD GANESHA BENGAL XVll CENT”. As mentioned, the likely dating probably is significantly earlier.

A loop is cast to the back of the piece to allow the insertion of a flower or perhaps a small figure to enhance the piece.

The piece has a superb patina consistent with an early dating.

References

Dursum, B., et al, Change and Continuity: Folk and Tribal Art of India, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 2004.

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