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Ganesha with Siddhi and Buddhi, 1164

India: Madhya Pradesh, 1164-1164
Rust colored sandstone
47 x 26 x 10 in. (119.4 x 66 x 25.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Not on View

The rectangular panel underneath this sculpture of Ganesha bears an inscription that gives the name of its donor and the date at which it was installed, presumably at a temple (Vikram year 1221, or 1164 C.E.). Although the name of the donor is partially obscured, the inscription goes on to mention the name of his father, Vahadeva, as well as the caste to which their family belonged. The kneeling male figures on either side of the panel probably represent the donor and his father. The inscription also identifies the female figures seated on Ganesha’s knees as his wives Siddhi (success) and Buddhi (intelligence).

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