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Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

14th–15th century
Gilt copper alloy, inlaid with semiprecious stones
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)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice and Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
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.”
Dr. J. R. Belmont , Basel (by ca. 1950, until 1966, sold to Ellsworth); ; [ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, by 1977 sold yo Humann] ; Christian Humann , New York (until d. 1981, sold to Ellsworth) ; [ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, until 1982, sold at Christie's, New York ] ; [Sale, Christie's, New York , Dec. 1, 1982, lot 17, to Heeramaneck ] ; Alice N. Heeramaneck , New York (1982–1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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

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