Elephant-headed deity

18th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper repoussé, private collection.

18th century circa, Tibet, elephant-headed deity gilt copper repoussé, private collection.

18th-19th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Koller.

18th-19th century, Tibet, Ganapati, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Koller.

18th century, Tibet, Ganapati, bronze, private collection.

18th century, Tibet, Ganapati, bronze, private collection.

12th century circa, Tibet, Achala standing on Ganapati, brass with coral inlay, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century circa, Tibet, Achala standing on Ganapati, brass with coral inlay, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Ganapati, also named Ganesha or Vinyaka is an elephant-headed deity of Hindu origin.

In Tibet, he may be represented as a destroyer of obstacles, standing, with one head, two legs and two to twelve arms. He may also be depicted as a victim, subdued by a wrathful deity (such as Achala above) .

 

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