Late 19th to early 20th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Ganesha sitting on Mooshika - a bandicoot rat that serves as Ganesha’s vehicle - on rectangular base. Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, and thus is invoked before any new undertaking such as marriage or new business. He bestows good luck on his worshippers, and is prayed to in some forms of Tantric worship. With Ganesha being a destroyer of obstacles and the deity of wealth, Mooshika the rat is perfect for the job: he gnaws through any obstacles, and his name means “Little Hoarder”, so he has riches to share. Bold heavy casting with good sense of volume, nice patina. Ganesha is riveted to the rat and can move a small degree to its left and right, and the rat is riveted to the base. Height 4 1/2 inches.