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Narrative Scroll Extolling Manavinayaka

Narrative Scroll Extolling Manavinayaka, c. 1575

Nepal: Kathmandu Valley, 1550-1600
Opaque watercolor on cotton
14 x 72-1/2 in. (35.6 x 184.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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The narrative of this scroll extols the virtues of the elephant-headed god Ganesh, who appears as Manavinayaka, a form popular among the Newars of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. The story begins in the upper left-hand corner with a red Ganesh dancing on his mount, the rat. Moving to the right, the story unfolds with two panels depicting his father, Shiva, and mother, Parvati, playing a game of dice. With the aid of Vadava, the small figure in the fourth panel, Shiva wins the game, enraging his wife. Parvati curses Vadava and sends him to the depths of the ocean, where he is attacked by sea creatures. Various gods advise Vadava to seek the help of Ganesh, which he does by performing special rites; he is eventually released from his torments. The bottom panels depict Vadava and others worshipping Ganesh as Manavinayaka.

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