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Playful Dwarves ("Ganas")

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Description These two pot-bellied dwarves are "ganas," "troops" that attend the Hindu god Shiva. Led by the elephant-headed Ganesha (whose name means "lord of ganas"), they are characteristically playful and rambunctious. In this pair, one gana stuffs his mouth with sweets while the other tries to grab one for himself, even reaching to snatch the morsel held between his companion’s teeth. Hand-modeled with incised details, this terracotta panel would have once been inserted into the wall of a brick temple.

A small chip on the proper right figure's eyebrow (.5 x .5 cm) was filled and inpainted using easily reversible materials.

Date Description Narrative
6/27/2017ExaminationRepaired for exhibition
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Spink & Sons, Ltd., London; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1987; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003

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5th century CE
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H: 10 × W: 12 1/16 × D: 4 5/16 in. (25.4 × 30.6 × 10.9 cm); Block H: 1 3/16 × W: 12 1/2 × D: 4 5/16 in. (3 × 31.7 × 11 cm)
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Not On View


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