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Mahadevi, the Great Goddess

Date:
ca. 1725
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 21 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (54.6 x 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.100.2
Not on view
In this twenty-armed form, Mahadevi holds an array of weapons, affiliating her with all the male gods. This iconography also associates her with Durga, the slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisha. Ultimately powerful and creative, Mahadevi is understood by her devotees as the the true reality in the universe. As she was the protector deity of the ruling household of Bikaner, this representation would have had special significance for the court.
[ Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. , New York, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting: 16th–19th Century," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.

Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Devi: the Great Goddess," March 7, 1999–September 6, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2000–2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting," 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007.

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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