Seated Ganesha

Date: 14th–15th century

Culture: India (Orissa)

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1964

Accession Number: 64.102


The Hindu god of auspiciousness, Ganesha, is popularly accepted as the first son of Shiva and Parvati. As the deity who controls obstacles—their invention and their removal—he is worshiped prior to any serious undertaking. This seated four-armed Ganesha holds one of his tusks, two entwined snakes, an elephant goad, and a box of sweets.