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Seated Ganesha
India (Orissa), 14th-15th century.

This ivory statuette depicts Ganesha, Hindu god of auspiciousness. Details suggest that this ivory sculpture of the elephant-headed god was carved in the Orissa region in the fourteenth or fifteenth century. The Hindu god of auspiciousness, elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular gods in India. He removes all obstacles, so devotion to him is important to assure auspicious beginnings in such ventures as starting a business, getting married, beginning a new school year, creating a work of art, or taking a long trip.

How Ganesha came to have his unusual head is the subject of several short stories. In the most popular one, Parvati, who becomes lonely in Shivas absence, creates a human son from her own body and asks him to guard her door while she bathes. Shiva returns unexpectedly, and when the young boy refuses him entry, Shiva cuts off his head. Parvati becomes so distressed that Shiva promises to replace her sons head with the head of the first living creature he seeswhich happens to be an elephant.

Due to his fondness for sweets, Ganeshas body is corpulent. He sits on a lotus pedestal and in his four hands holds an elephant goad, two entwined snakes, a pot of sweets which he tastes with his trunk, and his broken tusk. The latter is a reference to another well-known tale about Ganesha in which he hurls the tusk at the moon in embarrassment after the moon sees his stomach nearly burst from overeating. An elephant-headed human being could be an ungainly and monstrous sight. However, the sculptor has so skillfully made the transition from elephant head and ears to human body that Ganesha seems to be believable and very approachable. Ganeshas jewelry is finely carved, as are his headdress ornament, the veins in his ears, and the curly strands of his hair. Such an adeptly created piece made in valuable material was probably a household image belonging to a rich, perhaps princely family.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1964 (64.102)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s permanent collection contains more than two million works of art from around the world. It opened its doors on February 20, 1872, housed in a building located at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Under their guidance of John Taylor Johnston and George Palmer Putnam, the Met’s holdings, initially consisting of a Roman stone sarcophagus and 174 mostly European paintings, quickly outgrew the available space. In 1873, occasioned by the Met’s purchase of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriot antiquities, the museum decamped from Fifth Avenue and took up residence at the Douglas Mansion on West 14th Street. However, these new accommodations were temporary; after negotiations with the city of New York, the Met acquired land on the east side of Central Park, where it built its permanent home, a red-brick Gothic Revival stone "mausoleum" designed by American architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mold. As of 2006, the Met measures almost a quarter mile long and occupies more than two million square feet, more than 20 times the size of the original 1880 building.

In 2007, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was ranked #17 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1967. The interior was designated in 1977.

National Historic Register #86003556

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from Release 1.0, 1995:

Gabor Bojar is Hungary’s best-known software tycoon… But in
character he’s a lot closer to Mitch Kapor than to Bill Gates. He and
his partner started in business in the early 80s with a programmable
HP calculator with 2K of memory. They worked out of an attic; few
Hungarians had garages in those days – or cars. He and a partner were
trying to win a bid to write software for a contract with a Hungarian
engineering company. The task was to retrofit a Soviet-built nuclear
power plant to newer Hungarian standards. The competition was the
Technical University of Budapest, Sztaki (a scientific institute),
and Videoton (a large state manufacturer that foundered and was
eventually acquired by Bull).

Bojar and his team knew that they had no chance of winning the bid
with a proposal; instead, they wrote the software and then went ahead
and produced the actual design drawings. The ,000 they received
for that effort (winning the bid against competing proposals for ten
times that amount) funded Graphisoft, one of Hungary’s first truly
private companies. A few years later, Bojar saw a Macintosh at CeBIT
(the Comdex of Europe), and Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD soon became the
leading architecture-oriented CAD package worldwide for the Mac. The
Windows version is heading to the same position. [More recently, the
company was sold to the German CAD company Nemetschek.]

Along the way, Bojar founded, built and sold Apple’s distribution
business in Hungary, under the name of Graphisoft Trading, but the
software business remains his major concern. One issue that has
always troubled him is ArchiCAD’s high cost (of 00 to ,000):
It’s appropriate to the package’s value, but it’s daunting to many
prospective customers. The notion of free trials or "lite" versions
didn’t appeal to him, but he wondered how customers might react to
the notion of usage-based pricing, where a customer would pay by the
hour. That led to Graphisoft’s trademarked PayPerUse scheme.
Recently, he has tried it out on about 60 customers; within three
months, a third of them have already become regular users and
generated follow-on revenues. (The tests were all in the US, he
notes, because our credit card system makes payment so much easier.) ….

Now, in 2008, Gabor is about to found a university. Stay tuned.

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