Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

Date: 14th–15th century

Culture: Nepal

Medium: Gilt copper alloy, inlaid with semiprecious stones

Dimensions: H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Wt. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Alice and Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.498


This eighteen-armed version of the goddess Durga originally stood on a pedestal upon which she vanquished the buffalo demon Mahishasura, trampling him with one foot while transfixing him with Shiva’s trident. This iconography is the supreme expression of the power of this goddess, “the Unassailable, the Unconquerable.”