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A Fine Old Clay Temple Tile depicting the Deity Ganesh West Bengal India 13th-16th Century


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Collection No. TB-2727
Size 15cm x 11.5cm & 5cm thick

A Fine Early Clay Votive Temple Tile depicting the Deity Ganesh West Bengal India 13th-16th Century

This beautiful old clay votive architectural tile was from Rajshahi District Bengal Province in India, it was purchased in the 1960s in Bangladesh. Depicting the deity Ganesh in Paharpur Style.

Ganesh is shown seated, his more usual position, he holds the elephant goad and the chowrie fan in his 2 raised hands one lower hand offers a blessing and the other an unidentifiable item, possibly a radish to which he is very partial

In India’s, West Bengal they made a specialty of terracotta temples, with sculpted decoration from the same material as the main brick construction.

Terracotta tiles have a long history in many parts of the world. Many ancient and traditional architectural styles included more elaborate sculptural elements than plain roof tiles, such as Chinese Imperial roof decoration and the antefix of Western classical architecture.

The soft colour on this artwork adds a lot to its presence.  It’s in good condition except for a couple of very small chips as clearly seen in the photo just under the left knee and it does not disturb the balance of the artwork.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Art

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