Audio Tour Set No. ___ Location at ANM: Gallery B
1. Artifact's name: Ganesha
2. Period: Angkorian period, late 12th century - early 13th century Style: Bayon
3. Provenance: Preah Khan Temple , Siem Reap Province
4. Historical background and its remark
This striking sculpture is depicted as a seated human form with an elephant head, representing Ganesha or Ganesh and also known as Ganapati, son of Shiva and Parvati, his consort known as Buddhi (wisdom), Ridhi (prosperity) and Sidhi (attainment). According to Shiva Purana, he has two sons, Ksema (prosperity) or Subha (auspiciousness) and Labha (profit). Actually, Ganesha is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon in India dating back to the Vedic times and is a clearly recognized form in the Gupta period since the 4th - 5th century.