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Kali Presenting the Heads of Chanda and Munda to Durga: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya (Glory of the Goddess)

ca. 1780
India (Himachal Pradesh, Guler)
Graphite and ink on paper
5 5/8 x 7 9/16 in. (14.3 x 19.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Research Institute of the Scripps Clinic Gift, in honor of Lita Annenberg Hazen and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
Not on view
In order to engage in battle, Durga manifests as the fierce, emaciated goddess Kali. At the center of the frenzied battle, together with her lion vehicle (vahana), Kali beheads the demons Chanda and Munda. In the upper right, both goddesses appear: Kali presents the heads of the demons to Durga, who is shown in a benign form with many arms and holding a trident. In turn, Durga bestows the name Chamunda on her terrible manifestation.
[ Kapoor Curios , Jalandhar, India, by 1962] ; [ Art of the Past, Inc. , New York, by 1995, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.

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