Ganesha with Siddhi and Buddhi

Place Made:
India: Madhya Pradesh
Rust colored sandstone 
47 x 26 x 10 in. (119.4 x 66 x 25.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

The rectangular panel underneath this sculpture of Ganesha bears an inscription that gives the name of its donor and the date at which it was installed, presumably at a temple (Vikram year 1221, or 1164 C.E.). Although the name of the donor is partially obscured, the inscription goes on to mention the name of his father, Vahadeva, as well as the caste to which their family belonged. The kneeling male figures on either side of the panel probably represent the donor and his father. The inscription also identifies the female figures seated on Ganesha’s knees as his wives Siddhi (success) and Buddhi (intelligence).

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