Antique Javanese Style Bronze Majapahit Mahishasuramardini Durga Statue - 40cm/16"
Measures (Height) 40cm/16"
An antique Majapahit style bronze Mahishasuramardini Durga seated on Mahishasura.
Durga the Goddess famous for killing the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura can be seen stood samabhanga upon her triumph. Mahishasura is lying on a lotus leaf pedestal. Durga holds various items in her eight arms.
She is clothed in traditional Majapahit style. A halo can be seen behind her head symbolising her divinity. Her hair is piled in a tripartite chignon decorated with a cockade and is discretely adorned with only necklace, diamond shaped earrings, a Yajnopavita (Scared Brahmanical thread) and a single bangle on each wrist. Durga is a Goddess of War, the warrior form of Parvati, whose mythology centres around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and Dharma the power of good over evil.
Durga is also a fierce form of the protective mother Goddess, who unleashes her divine wrath against the wicked for the liberation of the oppressed, and entails destruction to empower creation.
Sotheby's - May 2007 - THE COLLECTION OF PAUL OTTO TAUBERT
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