Ganesha with Siddhi and Buddhi
Asia: India, Madhya Pradesh
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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).


  • Title: Ganesha with Siddhi and Buddhi
  • Date: 1164
  • Medium: Rust colored sandstone
  • Dimensions: 47 x 26 x 10 in. (119.4 x 66 x 25.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.16.07.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

  • Newman, Richard, The Stone Sculpture of India: A Study of the Materials Used by Indian Sculptors from circa Second Century B. C. to the Sixteenth Century, 1984, p. 91
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 101 pp. 142-144
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1208 p. 383
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1208 p. 383
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