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Creation date: 11th century
Creation place: India

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Sandstone
Credit Line: Gift of Drs. V. S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
Accession Number: 2001.132
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 12 in. x 17 in. x 8 in. (30.48 cm x 43.18 cm x 20.32 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Vilayanur Ramachandra, Del Mar, California ( - December 6, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 6, 2001 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Ganesh is considered the Lord of Auspicious Beginnings who is honored at the beginning of any new venture. In this sculpture he sits in the posture of royal ease with his mount, the rat, below him. In his hands he holds a bowl of sweets and an ax.
Ganesh was the child of Parvati, born while Parvati’s husband Shiva was away. Upon the god’s return home, Ganesh blocked Shiva’s entrance and the furious Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Parvati demanded that Shiva make the boy whole; rushing into the forest, Shiva encountered an elephant whose head he removed and placed on Ganesh’s body.
Last Updated: 3/22/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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