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Mahishasura Mardini

Asian Art

  • Possible Place Made: Chamba, Punjab Hills, India
  • DATES 14th century?
    DIMENSIONS height: 5 1/8 in. (13.0 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2021.1.32
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hindu goddess Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahisha, depicted in stylized form with extremely long and thin arms arrayed on either side, each holding a different weapon contributed by the gods. Demon below her is receiving a spear to the chest. Thin frame backs the goddess' arms and serves as a halo in the form of a pointed arch. Whole piece is very worn from handling.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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