May 8, 2014

Ganesh

Ganesh

c. 1890

Watercolor, graphite, and tin on paper lined with cloth

Secondary Support: 47 x 30.5 cm (18 1/2 x 12 in.); Painting only: 43 x 27.4 cm (16 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.98

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His copious jewlery has been painted in tin, a less expensive metallic pigment than silver.

Description

The elephant-headed deity who is worshipped as the remover of obstacles is shown here seated in majesty with a radiant halo. The painting has been executed in the rapid, gestural style used by artists at Kalighat to create inexpensive souvenirs for pilgrims to bring home for veneration in domestic devotional spaces.

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