Seated Four-Armed Ganesha

Ganesha, the Hindu god of good fortune is shown sitting on a multitiered lotus—holding in his left hand a manuscript and water pot, and in his upper right an elephant goad. His lower right hand is placed on his stomach. Below him, facing a wheel-like device are two rats; as an animal that can overcome any obstacle, the rat is appropriate as this god’s vehicle.

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper


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