The artist here abstains from depicting Ganesha as the usual pot-bellied figure. On the head he wears a simple crest and around is the holy nimbus.
In each of his two back hands, he holds an axe (parashu) and a lotus (padma). He makes a gesture of protection with a third hand, and holds a rosary with the other. He is depicted in colorful clothes with stone and pearl strings hanging down his neck. The face is that of the king of elephants but the rest of the form is human. The projection of the human limbs, the hands and fingers, feet and toes is surprisingly realistic.
In the foreground is Ganesha's rat. The rat is the counterpart of the mongoose of Kubera, and the mongoose as we know symbolizes a well-lined purse. It is more than probable that the rat evokes the well-filled granary where it is always an assiduous guest.
This description by Renu Rana.