7160

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    Very Fine Indian Miniature Bronze Image of Ganesh

    Indian, probably Maharashtra
    17th century

    width: 4.5cm, height: 6.8cm, depth: 4.1cm, weight: 236g

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    UK art market

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    This is the finest small bronze image of Ganesh that we have had. The elephant-headed deity is known as ‘the remover of obstacles’. It is particularly well cast and balanced, with very fine features.

    It shows Ganesh with a prominent pot belly and four arms. The upper two are holding attributes, a lower hand is in a gesture of greeting and the other holds a butterball.

    The beautifully rendered trunk curls around to the figure’s left. Other features are well observed including the broad ears, the forehead bump, and the small eyes. The right trunk is fore-shortened as per tradition.

    Ganesh is seated on a fine conical, lotus petal dais mounted on a rectangular platform.

    He wears a tall, tiered, conical crown which seems more in a Maharashtra style.

    It is in excellent condition with a fine and varying patina and light wear from puja (ritual prayer) use.

    References

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

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