Durga, Sandstone, Southern Thailand


late 5th–early 6th century
Southern Thailand
H. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm); W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 247
This figure of Durga, goddess of feminine energy, is a rare survivor of the earliest school of Brahmanical sculpture in peninsular Thailand. The sculpture can be linked to Surat Thani Province, where several Vishnu icons with identical belts, drapery, and torso modeling have been recovered. They are relatively small and stout, with broad shoulders and hips, arms joined at the hips, closely drawn waistcloths with a pleated central drape, and a sash worn low on the hips, variously horizontal or angled with a bow. The group displays southern Indian influences.

cat. no. 64
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University); [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.