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Dancing Ganesha


Sandstone statue of Ganesha.   Made during the Bengal Pala period in India.  Ganesha, the son of the Hindu god Siva and his consort Parvati, is often represented dancing in a pose similar to that of his father as Lord of the Dance.  While guarding Parvati's gate, he tried to prevent Siva from entering and was beheaded as punishment.  His own head was then replaced by than of an elephant.  Ganesha is revered as the god of wealth.

Artist: Bengali Palas

Title: Dancing Ganesha

Medium: Sandstone

Dates: c. 10th-11th Century

Dimensions: 26.5" H

Culture: Indian

Accession Number: A1972.32.1

Rights Statement: Image Copyright - Staten Island Museum

Credit: Gift of the Museum Guild

Tags: 10th century, 11th century, bengal pala, elephant, ganesha, god, hindu, india, religious, sandstone, sculpture, stone