A bronze figures of Durgamahisasuramardini
Probably Bangladesh, circa 8th century
The goddess stamps on the head and holds the tail of the buffalo and as she prepares to decapitate and root out the demon Mardini within, her long trident also pierces the prone beast's stomach. Her upper right hand brandishes a sword and the left holds a now obscured shield. She wears long dhoti secured by a beaded belt and her torso is bare other than a necklace and long jaynopavita faintly passing between her breasts. The long clustered earrings fall beyond her shoulders and her hair is arranged in a matted jatamaukuta. The figure is framed by beaded-edge prabhamandala and nimbus raised on a simple block platform with an effaced inscription.
5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.) high