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