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Dancing Ganesha


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Description Ganesha, lord of obstacles, can both create and remove challenges to success, and he is worshiped for his divine favor. In Nepal, where this sculpture was made, both Hindus and Buddhists worship Ganesha. He is associated with abundance and wealth, as his well-fed body suggests. His favorite sweets, held in a bowl in his lower left hand, are always in plentiful supply, and the radish held in his lower right hand carries associations with fertility and abundance. Here, Ganesha also holds a snake in his upper left hand; his upper right hand may once have held a rosary. A second serpent encircles his waist, echoing the shape of the trunk that reaches into the bowl of sweets. It looks up at the elephant-headed god in reverence, adding to the sculpture’s dynamism as we imagine its slithering motion around the dancing deity.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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Period
15th-16th century
Medium
gilded copper alloy
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3011
Measurements
H: 6 1/16 × W: 4 5/16 × D: 2 3/16 in. (15.4 × 11 × 5.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)

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