Exhibitions/ Art Object

Durga, Kali, and the Matrikas Battle the Demon Raktabija: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya

Artist:
Attributed to a first-generation master after Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)
Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Guler)
Medium:
Ink, ocher and underdrawing
Dimensions:
Image (sight): 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (22.2 x 29.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.359.22
Not on view
Following the route of the Daitya army, the demon Raktabija attacks the goddess Kali. Initially, this foe seemed invincible because with each drop of his blood that fell on the ground another demon sprang up. However, the emaciated Kali was able to consume the falling blood, allowing the demon to be defeated. Here, Raktabija defends himself from Durga’s multi-armed assault, while the demons being created out of his wounds stand along Kali’s extended tongue.
Inscription: Inscription on top center indicating number three.
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