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Seated Ganesha 3D Model
From the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco:
- Place of Origin: India, Karnataka state
- Date: 1200-1300
- Materials: Stone (schist)
- Style or Ware: Hoysala
- Dimensions: H. 37 in x W. 24 in x D. 12 1/2 in, H. 94.0 cm x W. 61.0 cm x D. 31.8 cm
Crowned and bejeweled, as befitting his status as one of India’s most beloved gods, Ganesha’s elephant head, like his multiple arms, is a mark of his divine nature, and various myths explain how he acquired it. The most popular recounts how the goddess Parvati desired a child and single-handedly created Ganesha. Her husband, the god Shiva, mistakenly beheaded Ganesha but restored him to life by replacing his human head with that of an elephant.
Elephants carry complex symbolism in the Indian cultural world. Because they are thought to resemble rain clouds in color and shape, they have long been associated with fertility and prosperity.
http://asianart.emuseum.com/view/objects/asitem/items$0040:15028 Shot with a Canon 40D. See my newer version: