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Ganesha, late 6th century

India: Uttar Pradesh, Gupta period, 501-600
32 x 19-1/2 x 10-1/4 in. (81.3 x 49.5 x 26.0 cm)
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The name of Ganesha--the elephant-headed remover of obstacles-- is invoked at the beginning of every blessing and undertaking. His lower right hand holds one of his tusks. One myth relates how he ate so many sweets that his stomach burst, which prompted the moon to laugh. An angry Ganesha broke off one of his tusks and hurled it at the moon.

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