Asian Tribal Art - Silver Ganesha, India

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Lost wax cast silver
1 3/8" (3.5 cm) high
17th-18th 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 unusual silver ganesha is very small and very well worn from handling.


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