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Dancing Ganesha, 10th century

India: Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh, 900-999
Sandstone
11-5/8 x 8-3/4 x 3-3/4 in. (29.5 x 22.2 x 9.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips
P.1997.5.2

Not on view

Like his father, Shiva, Ganesha dances with exuberance. Four-armed, he holds a trident with one of his right hands and a lotus bud with one of his left hands. The plump, elephant-headed god is sometimes represented in a boyish, slightly playful manner, as he is here.


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