A dancing Ganesha, black stone
Pala dynasty, 11th century, India
Height: 48 cm, 18.9 inches
In his dancing mode Ganesha customarily has eight arms as seen here. Each hand holds an attribute or forms a mudra amongst which are the broken tusk, axe, gesture of reassurance, a bunch of radishes, sweetmeats and an archers bow. He dances upon a double lotus base flanked by two musicians.