While yogis are not known to take shade under a parasol, the one in this composition serves the purpose of a temple canopy, evening out the weight suggested by the multi-tiered pedestal the deity is on. The bells that dangle from its edge produce a sweet, sonorous sound in the wind. The conventions pertaining to Lord Ganesha iconography are, however, intact - the naga (snake) that secures His chubby belly, the laddoo He cradles at the tip of His belled and striated trunk, and the tilak at His forehead indicating His parentage. The hallmarks of endemic South Indian workmanship include the delicately carved peacocks on His crown, the lifelike stance of the ears and the folds of His dhoti, and the grand pedestal that supports His frame.
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