ca. last quarter of the 7th century–early 8th century
H. 52 3/4 in. (134 cm); W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Anonymous Gift, in honor of Martin Lerner, 2000
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This powerful representation was clearly a primary devotional icon, as is evident from the scale of the sculpture as well as its formal frontal stance. The figure's deified status is confirmed by indications that she once had multiple arms. She is likely a representation of the goddess Durga in her role as the slayer of the buffalo demon. In this context, she can be understood as Shiva's active female manifestation, or shakti, who rids the world of evil forces. The subtle volumetric articulation of the figure and the low-relief drapery typify the Prasat Andet style.