The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini), Pala period (ca. 700–1200), 12th century. Bangladesh or India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Diana and Arthur G. Altschul Gift, 1993 (1993.7) #hands #Connections
Devi Sati burning herself alive in a mystic fire, as a result of being overcome with grief at the sight of her father belittling her Beloved Shiva. She was later reborn as Parvati, who Lord Shiva was wedded to some time afterwards. Lord Shiva was married twice, but to the same soul. True Love is eternal and goes beyond the physical.
The 18-armed Hindu goddess Durga, an aspect of the Great Goddess Devi. After the gods had been defeated by the all-powerful demon Mahisha, they created Durga to serve as their champion. With the force of the gods' collective weapons and might transferred to her, she slays the demon buffalo. Originally, part of a larger ensemble. She stood on the back of the buffalo-demon. on a pedestal. 14-15th C. Nepal Gilt copper alloy inlaid semi-precious stones.
Dancing Ganesha Date: 10th century Culture: India (Madhya Pradesh); Kalacuri Medium: Mottled red sandstone Dimensions: H. 36 in. (91.4 cm); W. 20 in. (50.8 cm) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2007 Accession Number: 2007.480.2