Exhibitions/ Art Object

Durga, Kali, and Five Matrikas Battle the Daitya Army of the Demon Shumbha: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya

Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Guler)
Medium:
Ink, wash, and translucent watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image (sight): 7 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (19.4 x 28.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.359.11
Not on view
As the Daitya army approaches, Matrikas spring from the bodies of Brahma, Vishnu, Indra, Shiva, and Skanda, who are readily identifiable: Brahma sitting on a swan, Vishnu on the bird Garuda, Indra on an elephant, Maheshwari on a bull, and Kumari on a peacock. The Devi Mahatmya text celebrates Durga’s victory over the Daitya Asuras, who embody unchecked human emotions.
[ Kapoor Curios , Jalandhar, India, by 1962]; 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.

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