The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha (Mahishasura Mardini)

ca. 1760
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Ink, transparent and opaque watercolor on paper
Image (sight): 20 x 16 1/4 in. (50.8 x 41.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
This painting portrays the climactic moment when Durga, shown as an eighteen-armed goddess, slays the demon Mahisha. Durga has already cut off Mahisha’s buffalo head and is shown bearing down on his human form, which emerges from the bleeding neck. Finished paintings of this subject are well known from the Mewar court and neighboring ateliers.
Possibly Shri Parshotam Ram Kapoor , Jalandhar and New Delhi, India; Subhash Kapoor , New York (until 2008; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.

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