Durga Confronts the Buffalo Demon Mahisha: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya
Attributed to a first-generation master after Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)
India (Himachal Pradesh, Guler)
Charcoal and opaque watercolor on paper
Image (sight): 5 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (13.7 x 19.4 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Not on view
This composition was likely transferred from a pounced preliminary drawing, as it is a mirror image of the final preparatory sketch (2005.436.2), which would have served as a foundation for a finished painting. The transfer and reproduction of these sketches were important for the dissemination of painting styles across regional workshops in the Pahari Hills.
Inscription: At front top-center, inscription reads, "10".
Stamp on back, "Kapoor Curios, 11 rupees," and inscription, "16". (From 2003 catalogue)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.