This dynamic rendering of an eight-armed Durga shows the goddess slaying the buffalo-demon Mahishasura.
The moment of decapitation is captured in this bronze. Durga’s right foot is on the buffalo demon’s back. A sword is in one arm and another pulls the demons by its hair from the severed neck of the buffalo. She holds attributes in her other hands. They include a sword, a bow, a noose and a conch shell. Durga’s cloak flies out from behind her to underscore the action.
The well-cast head of the buffalo rests to Durga’s left.
Durga’s lion mount stands on her right with its tongue hanging out no doubt hopeful of a feast of entrails.
The group stands on and about an oval platform engraved with lotus petals around its side.
The bronze has a rich, chocolate patina. It is cast in one piece in a particularly dynamic and three-dimensional way.
Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.