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Sculpture - Sculpture


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tamil Nadu (made)

  • Date:

    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Solid copper, cast by the <i>cire perdue</i> process

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A standing figure of the God Ganesh with four arms. The god stands straight with the weight slightly on the left leg. The feet rest on the seed-capsule of a padmasana which rises from a lotus pedestal (pitha), the latter cast in one piece with a square base with holes for attachment to a processional carrier.. The upper left hand holds the noose (pasa); the upper right, the goad (ankusa); the lower left, a wood apple (kapittha) or rice ball (modaka); the lower right his severed tusk (danta). He wears a coronet (karanda makuta), a patterned loincloth and sash, and a three-stranded sacred cord. A serpent encircles his belly, in addition to a waistband which is worn lower than usual. Behind the head is projecting lotus-disc.

Place of Origin

Tamil Nadu (made)


18th century-19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Solid copper, cast by the cire perdue process


Height: 43 cm

Object history note

Gifted to the V& A in 1935 by E.L.Cappell Esq., who was judge of the Belgaum district in the extreme south of the Bombay Presidency.

Descriptive line

Standing figure of Ganesh, copper, Tamil Nadu, 18th to 19th century.

Production Note

South India




Lost-wax process

Subjects depicted



Images Online; Metalwork; Hinduism


South & South East Asia Collection

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