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19th C. Indian Bronze Lamp w/ Ganesha

Central Asia, India, ca. 19th century CE. A very large, cast bronze lamp presenting a lively seated gilded Ganesha raised above the seven-wick, lotus blossom shaped section below, all supported by a tiered candlestick-shaped pedestal. Also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Ganesha's image is found throughout India. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is wide and extends to Jains, Buddhists, as well as beyond India. Size: 17.25" H (43.8 cm)

Condition: Generally excellent. Nice age patina.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection acquired before 2000

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