Private collection New York, since 1947.
Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is worshipped in India as the god of abundance and because of his skill of removing all obstacles.
In this high relief, the elephant-headed god wears jewels on his neck, head, arms and belly. He is represented with six arms (two are missing) in a very elegant dancing pose. While standing in his right leg, he is harmonious, sensuous, perfectly balanced despite the volume of his belly. His trunk tastes delicious sweets from the bowl he holds in his left hand.
On the upper high sides, two apsaras drop flower garlands in order to venerate the god.
The relief is an angular one, with a large stone wall at its right side.
Despite the loss of his two right arms, this figure of Ganesh gives the impression to be quite intact because of its considerable power and grace.
Expert: Renzo Freschi
Renzo Freschi is an expert in Oriental Art and has extensively travelled within Asia since 1971. He has curated over forty monographic exhibitions on different aspects and periods of Asian art and has published several catalogues on the subject. In 2013 he curated the public exhibition The magic of India, from the Temple to the Court, masterpieces of Indian Art, showcasing more than 200 works of Indian art from the most important Italian collections.
Artiana would like to thank Renzo Freschi for his expertise and assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.