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Standing Four-Armed Goddess Durga

Date:
late 9th century
Culture:
India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); W. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Perry J. Lewis, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.488
  • Description

    It is unusual to find a peaceful Durga with four arms. Usually the multi-armed form of the Great Goddess is shown in an active pose as Mahishasuramardini, the slayer of Mahisha, the buffalo demon. Here she is richly adorned, wearing a tiara composed of three rounded panels and the three-pointed cape often depicted on dieties in Kashmir. She holds a sword in her lower right hand and a bell with ribbons in her lower left. Her upper left hand holds what appears to be a ram’s head. The two male attendants each hold a manuscript, an object not usually associated with Durga.

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