potbellied, elephant headed figure with four arms; wearing traditional arm bands, bracelets, ankle ornaments and necklace; trousers of patterned material, crown with crescent moon and skull, and snake worn diagonally from L shoulder; hair piled high with hair in rope strands forming circular patterns in crown; sitting with both legs placed symmetrically beneath body with soles of feet facing each other directly with a gap between them; figure holds: broken tusk in LR hand, rosary in UR hand, battle axe in UL hand, and sweet meats in LL hand; figure sits on a double pedestal above a plain square base; disc halo behind head

Ganesha, 10th-11th century

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One of the most popular of all Hindu deities, Ganesha is the elephant-headed god. He is the destroyer of obstacles and regarded as auspicious. Hindus invoke his help at the beginning of any enterprise, from weddings to the opening of a new business. They invoke the god to smooth the way, remove distractions, and protect them from evil. He also is the giver of earthly prosperity and well-being. In this classic tenth-century Javanese depiction, from the island of Java, Ganesha sits erect on a double lotus base. Pot bellied and with his chubby feet held tightly together, he eats sweetmeats from a bowl in his lower left hand. His headdress, made of braided locks, bears a protective crescent moon and skull. His lower right hand grasps a broken tusk, while his upper right hand holds a rosary topped with a pomegranate, a symbol of abundance. In his upper left hand, he displays a battle-axe used to counter evil. Ganesha images often decorated the principal niche in the western wall of a Shiva temple.

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potbellied, elephant headed figure with four arms; wearing traditional arm bands, bracelets, ankle ornaments and necklace; trousers of patterned material, crown with crescent moon and skull, and snake worn diagonally from L shoulder; hair piled high with hair in rope strands forming circular patterns in crown; sitting with both legs placed symmetrically beneath body with soles of feet facing each other directly with a gap between them; figure holds: broken tusk in LR hand, rosary in UR hand, battle axe in UL hand, and sweet meats in LL hand; figure sits on a double pedestal above a plain square base; disc halo behind head