Dancing Gana

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia
Possibly made in Benares (present-day Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Medieval Period

c. 1050


22 1/4 x 12 x 7 inches (56.5 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Miss Anna Warren Ingersoll, Nelson Rockefeller, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Mrs. Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, Dr. I. S. Ravdin, Mrs. Stella Elkins Tyler, Louis E. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Levy, Mrs. Flagler Harris, and with funds from the bequest of Sophia Cadwalader, funds from the proceeds of the sale of deaccessioned works of art, the George W.B. Taylor Fund, the John T. Morris Fund, the John H. McFadden, Jr., Fund, the Popular Subscription Fund, and the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund from the Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1956

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Dwarflike ganas are a popular motif in temples, often squatting above pillars to support beams or placed as attendants to dieties. Mythologically they are the followers of the god Shiva and their leader is the elephant-headed Ganesha, whose name means lord of the ganas.