Ten-Armed Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha

DATE:
12th–14th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Cast bronze
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 8 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 3 5/16 in. (22.07 x 14.45 x 8.42 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1982.20.A-B

General Description

This sculpture shows the goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahisha, who had the ability to assume the form of a buffalo. With her trident, the victorious Durga stabs the vanquished Mahisha, who has emerged from the buffalo in his anthropomorphic form. The buffalo's decapitated head is behind him. Durga, holding high her implements of battle, is aided by her lion mount, who lunges at the dying demon. This sculpture probably comes from the northern state of Himachal Pradesh where similar metal sculptures were frequently made from the 12th to 16th centuries.

Adapted from

Frederick M. Asher, "Durga Mahishasuramardini," in Anne Bromberg, The Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 86.