Place Made:
India: Uttar Pradesh, Gupta period
late 6th century
32 x 19-1/2 x 10-1/4 in. (81.3 x 49.5 x 26.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

The name of Ganesha--the elephant-headed remover of obstacles-- is invoked at the beginning of every blessing and undertaking. His lower right hand holds one of his tusks. One myth relates how he ate so many sweets that his stomach burst, which prompted the moon to laugh. An angry Ganesha broke off one of his tusks and hurled it at the moon.

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