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Current Location:
Cabinet G -> Drawer 07 (G)
Location Notes:
PDC; Cabinet G; Drawer 07

The Art of India ➔ Lord Ganesh

Artwork
Medium:
Paint on Silk
Date:
circa 2005
Dimensions:
Artworks;Artworks - Height: 19.25 in;24" Width: 12.5 in;20"
Note: Matte
Description:
Painting on brown fabric. Image of white elephant with four arms, one holding snake; standing on platform with mouse on it. Yellow, green floral, and red borders.
Historical Context:
Ganesh, the god of knowledge and wisdom, is one of the most popular gods in all of India. He brings prosperity by removing obstacles that could block the path of success. In the beginning of any undertaking and every journey, Hindus pray to Ganesh for blessings. With his human body and elephant head, he represents the microcosm and macrocosm. The elephant is a symbol of the human potential to become enlightened. A unique combination of Ganesha’s elephant head and his quick moving tiny mouse as vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence, presence of mind, and modesty. He has four hands and carries a noose as a gentle implement to capture all the difficulties, an axe to cut off the attachments, and a sweet dessert ball (laddoo) to reward for spiritual activity. The palm of his one hand is always extended to bless people. Ganesh is the elder son of Shiva and Parvati.