Image (sight): 7 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (19.4 x 28.9 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Not on view
The epic battle between the forces of the goddess Durga and those of a hoard of asuras, or demons, illustrates the power and varied forms of Devi. Centrally placed on the left is Durga on her lion; below, the emaciated Chamunda (Durga's terrifying aspect) advances. Surrounding them are female manifestations of the Hindu pantheon, the Matrikas; flying above are Vaishnavi on Garuda, Kaumari on a peacock, and Brahmani on a swan, while Indrani rides on an elephant and Maheswari on a bull.
Signature: Cf. Thomas Coburn, Encountering the Goddess: A translation of the Devi-Mahatmya and a Study of its Interpretation, Albany: The State University of New York, 1991.