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An image of Siddhi Vinayak (a form of Ganesha) by Chitrashala Press

Chitrashala Press

(India 1878 – )

Title
Siddhi Vinayak (a form of Ganesha)
Place of origin
India
Year
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media category
Print
Materials used
chromolithograph
Dimensions

50.3 x 38.2 cm

Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Accession number
108.2011
Location
Not on display
Further information

One of the many forms of Ganesha is Siddhi Vinayak. The story associated with this representation is that the god Vishnu once prayed to Ganesha, as remover of obstacles, before fighting demons. This Ganesha is called Siddhi, referring to success, because Vishnu was victorious. Siddhi Vinayak images are unique in having a trunk that turns to the right, as represented in this print. Here, Ganesha sits in a relaxed fashion attended by a woman in a setting that combines Western and Indian traditions.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2011.