Ganesh, seated here in these two images on his vehicle, the mouse, is the ever-popular elephant-headed deity who is worshipped as the mischievous Lord of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles. Hindus worship him before they begin journeys, at the start of the day, and at the beginning of any auspicious occasion. The image on the wall is unfinished, revealing the technique of painting in stages employed by Kalighat artisans.

Watercolor, black ink, and tin paint on paper lined with cloth


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