Birmingham Museums is delighted to host the beautiful stone sculpture of Ganesha.
The Celebrating Ganesha Spotlight Tour, created in partnership with the British Museum, is touring across seven venues around the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes.
The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods - the creator and remover of obstacles. Carved from schist in Orissa (recently renamed Odisha) around 800 years ago, this statue of Ganesha was originally positioned in a niche on the outer face of a Hindu temple. Standing on a lotus pedestal, Ganesha is depicted with a lion mask above his head, snakes asanklets and his rat ‘vahana’, his vehicle, at his feet.
The display brings this sculpture together with other depictions of Ganeshain order to explore his role as a figure of public celebration and private devotion in India and around the world.
The sculpture is on display in the Faith in Birmingham Gallery.
Image credit: Schist figure of Ganesha, Orissa, 13th centry © The Trustees of the British Museum.