December 19 Art Encounters: Show Me a Story
10:30–11:30 am

Art Encounters offers guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

Art Encounters is free for most programs. For program details, please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.

Show Me a Story!
Explore art from several cultures in relation to types of storytelling: myth and legend, biography, documentation, instruction, beliefs, and mystery. Develop stories using elements of character, plot, and setting.

What's pictured:Artist unknown (East Indian, 18th century), Ganesha, 18th century, alabaster, 17 ½ x9 ½ x 5 ½ in.; 44.5 x 24.1 x 14 cm. Gift of James E. Shugart and Roger M. Hughes, 2000.19

Ganesha is the son of Shiva and his wife Parvati. Though he is simplistically described as the Hindu elephant-headed deity of plenty and good fortune, there are profound cosmological and arcane aspects to his divine nature. He is called Vighneshvara — the "Remover of Obstacles" — Deity of Wisdom, and Ganapati, Commander of Shiva's host, among numerous other epithets. The rotund human figure with elephant head wears a round hat, and, as is typical, has a proper left broken tusk (earning him the epithet Ekadanta, or One Tusk). He is seated on an inverted lotus blossom in the posture of royal ease. At his feet is a rat, the animal on whom he normally rides. Ganesha has four arms. In his lower right hand are prayer beads, in his upper right, a stylized radish; in his lower left hand is a modaka, or sweet, of which he is very fond, and in his upper left hand he holds a demon-slaying ax, or parasu.