H. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm); W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 247
This figure of Durga, goddess of feminine energy, is a rare survivor of the earliest school of Brahmanical sculpture in peninsular Thailand. The sculpture can be linked to Surat Thani Province, where several Vishnu icons with identical belts, drapery, and torso modeling have been recovered. They are relatively small and stout, with broad shoulders and hips, arms joined at the hips, closely drawn waistcloths with a pleated central drape, and a sash worn low on the hips, variously horizontal or angled with a bow. The group displays southern Indian influences.