Ganesha, the cherished elephant-headed god of wisdom and intellect, is here seated in a pavilion, wearing a crown and shielded by a golden parasol, a symbol of royalty. Colourfully dressed women surround the deity. The devotee in green offers the god sweets, a temptation he cannot resist. The delicate palette, architectural setting and symmetry of this painting are characteristics often found in pictures painted in the Himachal Pradesh region of the Himalayan foothills in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label