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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 from the Stella Kramrisch Collection with funds contributed by R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Nelson Rockefeller, and other generous donors, the bequest of Sophia Cadwalader, the Popular Subscription Fund, and proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned works of art, 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.