Asian Tribal Art - Ganesha Figure, India

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Ganesha figure

Cast copper alloy
2.25 " (5.7 cm) high
Late 19th to early 20th century

Remover of obstacles, patron of letters and learning, Ganesha is the scribe who used his broken tusk to write down parts of the Mahabarata. The rat is his celestial vahana or vehicle. He is invoked before all religious ceremonies and before any new undertaking. His worship has a place in marriage ceremonies and in Tantrism. This is  likely a village casting of Ganesha, which are more casually modelled, but still possess a certain charm.


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