A favorite Hindu deity gets its due at the Denver Art Museum when Ganesha: The Playful Protector, an exhibition developed by the DAM in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, opens on Sunday, October 1. The divine elephant-headed being’s general aura is a positive one: He’s not only a god of beginnings and remover of obstacles, but he also symbolizes human sophistication as a champion of intellect, wisdom, arts and sciences. Although a 29-inch seventh- or eighth-century Ganesha figure from the Cambodian museum is the exhibit’s centerpiece, the show also includes a selection of Ganesha icons from the DAM’s own collection while the Asian Art galleries in the Ponti building are closed for renovations. Ganesha runs through October 28 at the DAM and is included in the regular general-admission price of $8 to $10 (children and youths ages eighteen and under are admitted free). Learn more at denverartmuseum.org.