Lot 56B: 19th C. India Bronze Celestial Dancer Ganesh & Elephant

Artemis Gallery

July 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Central Asia, India, ca. 19th century CE. A cast bronze figure in three parts, one of them a merry elephant who has been attached to a slightly raised pedestal. His trunk is up and slightly curled, like he is about to trumpet. Incised details give the impression that he has been decoratively dressed. Atop his back, inset with a rod, is a celestial dancer in the form of the elephant-headed god Ganesh (Ganesha), the god of intellect and wisdom, here depicted with his many arms thrown joyously outward. The form of his trunk mirrors that of the elephant he rides and he wears a multi-tiered, conical hat. Size: 4.1" L x 2.1" W x 5" H (10.4 cm x 5.3 cm x 12.7 cm)

Provenance: private S.W. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Condition Report: Small crack on base. Dark patina on surface. Elephant trunk has a casting flaw visible from one side.
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