Hindu God Ganesha
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Orientation 3
Display 3

ABS 306

 Code: ABS 306

  Country: Khmer

  Style: Angkor Wat

  Date: 1000 - 1200

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 8 x 9.8 x 6.5

  Materials: Bronze


The Brahmin god Ganesh, son of Shiva, is seated in the diamond posture. He is recognisable by his elephant head and rounded body shape. His two hands rest in his lap in an unusual way, reminiscent of the gesture of contemplation. A snake lies as the "sacred cord" on his naked chest. He wears royal ornaments: a crown, earrings, necklace, ornaments on upper arms and bracelets. A belt encircles his hips and fastens the traditional pleated sampot robe as is his only garment. Although this representation of the god is typical of the Khmer style in Cambodia, it remains very unusual.