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Title

Ganesha panel

1960s


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The elephant headed god Ganesh overcomes obstacles and ensures auspicious results. In the Indian state of Gujarat he features on small embroidered triangular or square panels ('stapanas') that are installed for worship within the home. On the 'stapana' the embroidered form of Ganesh is not only a representation of the god, it is also the god himself, present in the house. There is great variation in how Ganesh is depicted, depending on the conventions within the family, caste, village or locality of the embroiderer. These 1960s examples are from Kutch and Saurashtra in present-day Gujarat.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2010.


Details


Place where the work was made

Kutch Gujarat India


Date

1960s


Media category

Textile


Materials used

embroidery on cotton


Dimensions

30.0 x 50.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr J. Masselos 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

264.2010