22 March 2000
A Black Stone Stele of Ganesha
Eastern India or Bengal, Pala Period, circa 11th Century
Well carved with the animated elephant-headed god dancing on a double-lotus base supported by a stepped plinth carved with lotus scrolls, his radiating arms holding his various attributes, flanked by female musicians playing cymbals and a drum, the arched mandorla with two apsaras centering a bundle of radishes
22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) high
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Compare a very similar example, except for Ganesha dancing on a rat, from the former collection of Nasli M. Heeramaneck, in A. Heeramaneck, Masterpieces of Indian Sculpture, 1979, cat. no. 124.
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