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"Borgian" Ganesh
MPE 4469
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Both the wooden figure and it's engraving are evidence of the cultural and ritual horizons, as depicted by Paolino da San Bartolomeo in his books, portraying the learned atmosphere of 17th century and the “enlightened” and educational project of Borgia's Museum.

History of the Object
This famous figure was first documented by Paolino di San Bartolomeo in his Viaggio alle Indie orientali (Roma,1796) by means of an engraving, whose caption reads: “See here the image of Ganesha, outlined according to the Indian originals which are kept in Borgia Museo in Velletri”. As the secretary of the Congregazione de Propaganda Fide, cardinal Stefano Borgia (1731-1804) was in charge of the Roman Catholic Missions and had many opportunities to expand his own Museum. After Borgia's death, part of the Museum was sold to the Museo Nazionale di Napoli, which, in 1879, gave the wooden Ganesh to Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico in Rome.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Painted wood cut 
Measurements
depth cm 4.56 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1779. 
Function
Divinity in charge of entrances, the patron of Arts, Science and Knowledge. 
Acquisition
Acquired from Museo Nazionale di Napoli in 1879 
Copyright
©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Acknowledgements
Text: Carlotta Romano Photo: Giorgio Bronchi, Fabio Naccari ©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Owner
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma State property, Italy 
Museum
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico  
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