Ten-Armed Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha
- 12th–14th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Cast bronze
- Overall: 8 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 3 5/16 in. (22.07 x 14.45 x 8.42 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- 304 SNAIL GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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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.
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.