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Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

Date:
14th–15th century
Culture:
Nepal
Medium:
Gilt copper alloy, inlaid with semiprecious stones
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Wt. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice and Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.498
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
This eighteen-armed version of the goddess Durga originally stood on a pedestal upon which she vanquished the buffalo demon Mahishasura, trampling him with one foot while transfixing him with Shiva’s trident. This iconography is the supreme expression of the power of this goddess, “the Unassailable, the Unconquerable.”
Dr. J. R. Belmont , Basel (by ca. 1950, until 1966, sold to Ellsworth); ; [ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, sold by 1977 to Pan Asian Collection]; ; Pan Asian Collection ( Christian Humann ), New York (by 1977 until d. 1981, sold to Ellsworth); ; [ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, until 1982, sold at Christie's, New York ]; ; [ Christie's, New York , sale, Dec. 1, 1982, lot 17, purchased by Heeramaneck ]; ; Alice N. Heeramaneck , New York (from 1982 until 1986; donated to MMA)
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