Description Ganesha, a son of the supreme god Shiva, is the Hindu god worshiped at the start of an endeavor. According to Hindu mythology, the universe is periodically destroyed when Shiva dances. His son Ganesha is a dancer, too, and, like his father, he holds a drum. At the same time, Ganesha, with his potbelly and his desire for sweets, has a character different from Shiva's. Ganesha was originally created by his mother Parvati while his father was absent; when Shiva returned, he decapitated Ganesha. After Parvati demanded that Shiva replace the child's head, servants came back with the head of an elephant.
Provenance J. Gilman d'Arcy Paul, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1967, by gift.
Credit Gift of J. Gilman d'Arcy Paul, 1967
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