Standing Female Deity, probably Durga


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245

This powerful representation was clearly a primary devotional icon, as is evident from the scale of the sculpture as well as its formal frontal stance. The figure's deified status is confirmed by indications that she once had multiple arms. She is likely a representation of the goddess Durga in her role as the slayer of the buffalo demon. In this context, she can be understood as Shiva's active female manifestation, or shakti, who rids the world of evil forces. The subtle volumetric articulation of the figure and the low-relief drapery typify the Prasat Andet style.

#7990. Standing Female Deity, probably Durga

Standing Female Deity, probably Durga, Stone, Cambodia

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