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ID: 700001922Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Ganesha (sculpture (visual work); unknown Javanese; 850/930; Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands); AK-MAK-251; RM001.collect.1967)
Note: Ganesha, son of the Hindu gods Shiva and Parvati, has the body of a pot-bellied dwarf and the head of an elephant. Various myths recount how he was born. One story tells that Shiva enjoyed surprising his wife Parvati while she was bathing, something she did not appreciate. One day Parvati shaped the figure of a boy from bath oil mixed with rubbings from her body. Using water from the river Ganges she brought him to life. He was to keep watch whilst she took her bath. However, Shiva was not impressed by this guard and beheaded him. Parvati was so upset that Shiva immediately set about looking for a new head. The first living creature he came across was an elephant, and so Ganesha was brought back to life with an elephant's head.
Ganesha (preferred,C,U,RP,Dutch-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
sculpture (visual works) [300047090] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: 850/930

Creator Display:
unknown Javanese [preferred,VP]
anoniem [,VP]
artist unknown Javanese (Javanese cultural designation) [500203487]
Current: Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands) [500246547] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: AK-MAK-251; RM001.collect.1967
Credit Line: Bruikleen van de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst.
Other: Creation: Java [7003695] Indonesia (nation), Asia (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: bronze
bronze (metal) [300010957]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material, metal, <metal by composition or origin>, nonferrous metal, <copper and copper alloy>, copper alloy)

Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.5 x 5.3 cm
exhibition: L'eredità di Giotto; 2008-06-12 - 2008-12-08
exhibition: Wie schrijft die blijft. Zij drukten hun stempel op de Zeeuwse geschiedenis; 2005-02-05 - 2005-06-04

Central Javanese (preferred)

General Subject:
religion and mythology (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
Ganesh [1000387]
.....((Hindu characters, Hindu iconography, Legend, Religion, Mythology)) (ICON)

Copyright: Public Domain
Provenance: bruikleen 1972
List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Ganesha........ [VP]
........ Rijksmuseum XML files (2012) accessed 5 September 2012
........ Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 5 September 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
....................... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 5 September 2012
English ..... [VP]
..... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 14 September 2012
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