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c. Mid- to late 13th century
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
Ganas - rotund, dwarflike figures - appear in many locations within Indian temple architecture. In the region of Orissa they frequently squat on the ledge at the top of a temple tower. Although they do not actually support anything, they appear to bear the weight of the temple's wide, flat crowning stone, the amalake, on their heads and shoulders. Lions and images of the presiding deity are sometimes placed along with ganas in this lofty location. At the famous Sun temple of Konarak, such figures also sit on the pyramidal roof of the front hall.

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