Asian Tribal Art - Bronze Ganesha, India

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Lost wax cast bronze
2.25" (5.5 cm) high
17th 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 a village casting of ganesh, which are more casually modelled but still with a certain charm. Here, he eats a sweetmeat from his left hand and carries a small bag in his right hand.


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