Asian Tribal Art - Mahishasura-mardini (Durga),

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Mahishasura-mardini (Durga)

Lost wax cast bronze
5 3/8" (13.6 cm) high
14-15th century

This portable shrine represents Durga in the form of Mahishasura-mardini, with the dead buffalo demon Mahishasura under her left leg. She has four hands, which hold a battle-axe, a shield or discus, a noose of rope and a spear or staff. Durga means "the invincible" or "the inaccessible" and is considered the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, the goddess Parvati. She manifests fearlessness and patience, never losing her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion. The aureole surrounding her integrates a small Buddha-like figure sitting cross-legged on her crown.


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