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A red sandstone figure of Ganesha
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION 
A red sandstone figure of Ganesha

INDIA, MADHYA PRADESH OR RAJASTHAN, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

Details
A red sandstone figure of Ganesha
India, Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan, 10th/11th Century
Well carved dancing with his four arms radiating around him and holding an axe and bowl of sweets, clad in a short dhoti and adorned with beaded jewelry, the naga wrapped around his belly and the rat at his feet, his head tilted to his left with the trunk curled towards the sweets, flanked by columns, lions, and elephants
27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Acquired in New York, 1998

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Lot Essay

The theme of the dancing Ganesha, in which he follows in the footsteps of his father, Shiva Nataraja, particularly captivated the sculptors of Central India and they produced some of the liveliest examples between the 8th and 11th centuries. This present work is set in an impressive architectural framework with columns flanking the deity with lively modeling of the lions, who stand with one foot on the heads of sedentary elephants.

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