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Title Ganesha
English: Ganesha, a son of the supreme god Shiva, is the Hindu god worshiped at the start of an endeavor. According to Hindu mythology, the universe is periodically destroyed when Shiva dances. His son Ganesha is a dancer, too, and, like his father, he holds a drum. At the same time, Ganesha, with his potbelly and his desire for sweets, has a character different from Shiva's. Ganesha was originally created by his mother Parvati while his father was absent; when Shiva returned, he decapitated Ganesha. After Parvati demanded that Shiva replace the child's head, servants came back with the head of an elephant.
Date first half of 11th century
Medium muscovite biotite schist
Dimensions Height: 96.8 cm (38.1 in). Width: 58.5 cm (23 in).
Accession number 25.49
Credit line Gift of J. Gilman d'Arcy Paul, 1967
Ownership history
  • J. Gilman d'Arcy Paul, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1967: ceded to Walters Art Museum
place of origin Bihar, India
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