'Ganesha, the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles'
Museum no. IM.444-1923
Ganesha is the popular Hindu god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. He is portrayed as a four-armed fat man with the head of an elephant and is often shown riding his vehicle, a rat. This rat is most commonly called 'Mooshika'. Some believe that it was once a powerful but slow-moving demon, whom Ganesha defeated in a battle. The demon then offered to become Ganesha's faithful servant, so Ganesha turned him into an agile rat. Hindus generally believe rats represent prudence and foresight.