Asian Tribal Art - Bronze Ganesha, India

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Ganesha Bronze Figure, India

Lost wax cast bronze
2" (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 very old personal altar piece, complete with surrounding plinth. Here, he eats a sweetmeat from his left hand and carries a small bag in his right hand.


Ganesha Bronze Figure, India, left side
Ganesha Bronze Figure, India, back view
Ganesha Bronze Figure, India, right side

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