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The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasura Mardini)

Pala period
12th century
Bangladesh or India
H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Diana L. and Arthur G. Altschul Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238
This sculpture portrays the sixteen-armed form of the goddess Durga as the slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisha. The array of arms, each displaying a weapon, creates a kinetic energy in the image, no doubt all the more powerful when contemplated in a shrine dimly illuminated by oil lamps. This work is among the finest Indian miniature culptures of the Pala-Sena period.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

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