Dancing Ganapati

17th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

In the Buddhist context, the famous Indian elephant-headed god is called Ganapati, or “Master of the Hosts,” which in this case are hindering demons. The twelve-armed form of this god belongs to a set of three protectors known as the Three Great Red Deities, the others being the goddess Kurukulla and the protector Takkiraja. All three are associated with the red Buddha Amitabha. In this form Ganapati functions as both a remover of hindrances and as powerful wealth-bestowing deity and creator of favorable conditions.


  • Title: Dancing Ganapati
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.25
  • Medium: Gilt copper alloy with inlays of turquoise and pigment
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory, Atlanta, GA, exhibition and study purposes (11/02/09 - 05/31/10)

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