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Title

Ganesha panel: flute player

1960s

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kutch Gujarat India
    Date
    1960s
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    embroidery on cotton
    Dimensions
    55.0 x 54.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr J. Masselos 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    267.2010
    Copyright
    © Reserved
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    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.