Dancing Ganesha

c. 1000
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Ganesha's mount is the rat, which evokes full granaries and the prosperity and abundance that they imply.


The name Ganesha means "lord (isha) of the demonic dwarfs (gana)," part of Shiva's entourage. They dance and imitate Shiva in humorous ways that inspire his followers' affection. In this sculpture Ganesha's dance mimics the dance of Shiva. Ganesha has six arms instead of four, and he holds a bowl of sweet cakes and a radish instead of a tongue of flame.
Dancing Ganesha

Dancing Ganesha

c. 1000

Central India, Madhya Pradesh

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