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Ganesha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Ganesh is a son of Shiva and Parvati. He is represented as a short pot-bellied man with red skin, four arms, and an elephant’s head bearing a single tusk. In his hand he holds a gada, a cakra (wheel), a vajra (thunderbolt), and sometimes an elephant hook and a loop. He rides on, or is accompanied by a rat. Ganesha is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism, respected as the remover of obstacles and the God of art, wisdom and prudence. For these reasons he was well respected in Thailand and other Buddhist and Hindu countries.

History of the Object
The Lopburi period from which this statue dates shows obvious Khmer influence in the 7th Century. Archaeological evidence of MahayanaBuddhism and HinduismHinduism has been found at Prasat Phnomrung in Buriram province, Prasat Sikhoraphum in Surin province, Prangku in Chaiyaphum Province and other sites.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
sandstone 
Measurements
Width 31.5 cm. Height 67 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10th Century 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
Donated to the Fine Arts Department by Somdet Phra Maha in 1927. 
Copyright
Maha Viravong National Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State of Thailand 
Museum
Maha Viravong National Museum 
Credit line
 

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