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  • Museum number

    1872,0701.89

  • Description

    Panel of Durgā killing the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The neck of the beast is forced back on itself fully to expose the throat, into which the trident weapon of the goddess is being thrust. Made of sandstone.

  • Date

    • 8thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1992:
    Although now damaged, this sculpture clearly indicates the ferocity of the goddess's attack on the demon. Throughout the Medieval period different forms of goddess worship - especially tantric cults - were popular in Orissa.

  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 p.170, fig.108 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ind/case7

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.139
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.139
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.139

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1872,0701.89

Figures (group of). Durga killing the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The neck of the beast is forced back on itself fully to expose the throat, into which the trident weapon of the goddess is being thrust.  Made of sandstone.

Figures (group of). Durga killing the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The neck of the beast is forced back on itself fully to expose the throat, into which the trident weapon of the goddess is being thrust. Made of sandstone.

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