1. Here is a family portrait. Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, sits with his arm around his wife, Parvati. Ganesha is seated near his mother’s foot. On the other side is Skanda, the god of war, who is Shiva’s eldest son.
India, Shiva’s Family (Uma-Mahaeshvara), c. 1000, buff sandstone, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The John R. Van Derlip Fund
2. Ganesha is often depicted in the seated lotus position. However, he is also frequently shown playfully dancing, mimicking his father, Shiva (Lord of the Dance).
Cambodia, Ganesha, 12–13th century, bronze, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of Michelle and David Dewey
3. Shiva, Ganesha's father, is depicted here in a dance pose.
India, Tamil Nadu, Shiva Nataraja, bronze, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. E. C. Gale