Ganesha

The Playful Protector
Opens October 1, 2017
Ganesha, 600s-700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29 x 25 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia.

Ganesha, 600s-700s, Cambodia. Sandstone; 29 x 25 in. Lent by the National Museum of Cambodia.

Stone sculpture of Six-Armed Dancing God Ganesha created in India in the 1000s-1100s. In the Asian art collection of the Denver Art Museum.

Six-Armed Dancing God Ganesha, 1000s–1100s, India. Stone; 24.5 x 14.5 x 4.5 in. Denver Art Museum: Museum purchase. 1968.24

Stone sculpture of Three of the Seven Mother Goddesses and God Ganesha from India, created in the 800s-900s. In the Asian art collection of the Denver Art Museum.

Three of the Seven Mother Goddesses and God Ganesha, 800s–900s, India. Stone; 22.75 x 24.75 x 9 in. Denver Art Museum: Museum exchange for the Charles Bayly Jr. and Walter C. Mead Collections. 1964.24

Shiva and Incarnations of Vishnu created in Nepal in the 1700s. Oil pigments on canvas. In the Asian art collection of the Denver Art Museum.

Shiva and Incarnations of Vishnu, 1700s, Nepal. Oil pigments on canvas; 24.75 x 79.75 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Eleanor Manning. 1957.93

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October 1, 2017 – October 28, 2018
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Included in general admission
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Ganesha: The Playful Protector is developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which is loaning a statue of Ganesha created in the 600 to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition.

The 29-inch tall cross-legged figure, featuring human arms and an elephant head, is known as one of the earliest Ganesha icons in mainland Southeast Asia. This significant pre-Angkor artwork will be on view along with sculptures, paintings, and textiles from the DAM’s own collection of ancient to modern representations of the Hindu deity.

Ganesha, who has been widely worshiped since the 400s, originated in India as a Hindu god who removes obstacles and is known for granting wealth and success. Ganesha has crossed both geographic and religious boundaries, inspiring numerous representations throughout the Asian subcontinent over time—all of which will be surveyed in the exhibition to showcase the iconographic changes of this popular god.

Ganesha: The Playful Protector is organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia. It is presented with the generous support of the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.