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Twenty-Armed Dancing God Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.


10th century


Madhya Pradesh

About this artwork

One of India’s most popular gods, Ganesha is the son of the god Shiva and goddess Parvati. According to one story of his birth, his mother used flakes scraped from her own skin to create him to serve as a guardian. When Shiva returned and found a stranger barring his way, he flew into a rage and unwittingly decapitated his son. Upon realizing his error, he sent his attendants to fetch the head of the first creature they encountered. They returned with an elephant’s head that Shiva used to bring Ganesha back to life.


On loan to Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati for Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art


Arts of Asia


Twenty-Armed Dancing God Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles


Madhya Pradesh (Object made in)


901 CE–1000




67.6 × 42 × 21 cm (26 5/8 × 16 1/2 × 8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

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