***Catalogued by Julian-Edit*** Copper Durga, Nepal, 14th century
Lot 142
A copper figure of Durga Nepal, 14th century
Sold for US$ 37,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A copper figure of Durga
A copper figure of Durga
Nepal, 14th century
The Goddess with one leg resting on her fierce tiger mount, her eighteen arms radiating around her holding weapons and attributes, including Vishnu's conch and Shiva's partially remaining trident that she is using to extract the demon Mahishasura from within the decapitated buffalo pressed down upon with her other foot, with two kneeling attendant figures brandishing weapons before the lotus pedestal.
4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm) high


  • In killing the buffalo-demon, Durga liberated the universe from darkness. Durga is the supreme expression of the power of the unconquerable Devi. When compared to earlier depictions of this motif, such as lot 37, we see the evolution of representing Mahishasura from a simple buffalo to a demon spirit within the corpse.

    A larger and slightly later, famous example of Durga in the Metropolitan Museum of Art shares the same masterful arrangement of the fanned arms and superb modeling of the torso, see Steven Kossak, The Arts of South and Southeast Asia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 51, no. 4, Spring, 1994. Also compare with another on a complete shrine in the Rubin Museum of Art (HAR65433). The present lot exhibits all the traits of a personal sculpture that was handled and rubbed constantly over the last five hundred years, leaving the goddess with a fine glossy brown patina.

    Private European Collection
    Carlton Rochell, Ltd, New York
    Private American Collection
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