- 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)
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- The Norton Simon Foundation
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- © The Norton Simon Foundation
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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