An Indian bronze figure of the goddess Durga (Mahishmardini)
Lot 1024
A copper alloy figure of Mahishmardini Himachel Pradesh, Kulu Valley, circa 14th century
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A copper alloy figure of Mahishmardini
Himachel Pradesh, Kulu Valley, circa 14th century
Standing on the back of the prone decapitated buffalo, Durga delivers the death blow with her trident to the emerging demon Mardini, while her lion vehicle bites the tail of the buffalo. The figures are enshrined by an complex prabhamandala of angular beams and surmounted by a large roundel.
14 in. (35.5 cm.) high

Footnotes

  • Compare with a very closely related composition in the Max Tanenbaum Collection in the National Gallery of Canada, see Pal, Divine Images, Human Visions, 1997, no. 14, p. 23.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Butterfield & Butterfield, November 4, 1989
    Private Collection, California
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