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This small and somewhat unusual bronze image is of Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity known as ‘the remover of obstacles’.
It shows Ganesh with a prominent pot belly and six arms – two of these are particularly prominent, the other four are represented by hands and attributes. Ganesh is seated on a high, conical, lotus petal dais. The lower left hand is holding sweets and the other hand seems to be feeding sweets to his delightfully curled trunk. He wears a tall, tiered, conical crown which seems more in a Maharashtra style.
The image has a milk-chocolate patina, and its features have light wear from puja (ritual prayer) use. It is in fine condition with no losses or repairs.
Dursum, B., et al, Change and Continuity: Folk and Tribal Art of India, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 2004.