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[Seated Ganesha (Proper), Buriram province, (currently Thailand), sandstone, 27 3/4 x 17 x 10 1/2 in. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles B. Crow and Mr. and Mrs. William A. Grant Jr., 1978.73]
When Assistant Curator of Education Angela May needs an #ArtEscape, she looks to this sculpture of the Hindu deity Ganesha in our Asian art galleries.

“He is the remover of all obstacles and lord of beginnings. But it’s not just the promise of something new that I find solace in, but the place and time it was made. This sculpture was made in Southeast Asia around 1,000 years ago and was once a part of a Hindu temple. When I see this sculpture, I feel the hot sun on my shoulders, I hear birds and monkeys rustling in the trees, and I smell the incense from the morning’s devotion. I just feel totally wrapped in the senses when I look at this sculpture of Ganesha. I visit him almost everyday.”

Where does your favorite BMA #ArtEscape take you?