What every traveler needs: a remover of obstacles

The Hindu deity Ganesha c. 1200–1300. India;
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Avery Brundage Collection.
Courtesy SFO Museum

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is presenting an exhibition of Hindu sculptures from the collections of the Asian Art Museum from Saturday August 25th through Sunday, February 24, 2013, post-security in Terminal 3.

The exhibited objects range from seventh- and eighth-century temple images carved from stone to elaborately rendered wooden sculptures made more than one thousand years later for use in religious processions.

Among the sculptures in Deities in Stone is Ganesha, a remover of obstacles. It is said that the worshiper who honors him before any undertaking – including, we hope, travel – is ensured success.