A bronze figure of Ganesha
Angkor period, 13th century, Cambodia
Height: 11.5 cm, 4.53 inches
Seated in virasana on a low rectangular base supported on four bracket feet, the elephant headed son of Shiva and Paravati looks forward with wide open alert eyes, his hair raised up into a three tiered top knot secured at the base by a simple crown. The end of his trunk resting on his large stomach, his exposed torso decorated with a diagonally worn garland and arm bands. His sampot sports an extravagant flap at the front, and is secured by a belt that displays its full beaded ornamentation on the reverse side. Both arms are held forwards and bent with each wrist resting on a knee, one hand holding his broken off tusk, the other an unidentified attribute.
Oxford thermoluminescence test no. N108b29 confirms the dating.
‘The Ganesa of the National Museum’, Exhibition at the National Museum of Phnom Penh 2000, page 16 figure Ga5439.