Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahisasura Mardini)

10th century
India (Rajasthan)
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1933
Accession Number:
Not on view
The multi-armed Durga tramples the slain buffalo with her raised leg while plunging her trident into the human form of the demon Mahisha seen emerging from the neck of the beast. Her vehicle, the lion, joins in the fight, mauling the buffalo from behind. In this celebratory icon, designed to occupy an exterior niche in a Hindu temple, Durga is honored by garland-bearing celestial attendants (gandharvas).
George D. Pratt , New York and Glen Cove, NY (until 1933)
Bellingham. Whatcom Museum of History and Art. "5000 Years of Art History," December 4, 1976–October 2, 1977.

New York. Asia Society. "Gods, Guardians and Lovers: Temple Sculptures," March 29, 1993–August 15, 1993.

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

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