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Durga and Mahishasura

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Chamba (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, in the style of Harkhu, Durga in a gold dress with crimson skirt edged with gold and orange veil, stands upon the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, as her tiger mauls the severed head of the demon.

Place of Origin

Chamba (made)


ca. 1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 327 mm with border, Width: 258 mm, Height: 305 mm, Width: 280 mm with border

Object history note

Previously in the Rothenstein Collection.

Dehejia, Vidya (ed.) Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,1999. ISBN 8185822638/3791321293, p. 222, cat. 7.

Descriptive line

Painting, Durga slaying Mahishasura, opaque watercolour on paper, Chamba, ca. 1830

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 90, cat. no. 54
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Demon; Death; Tiger; Deity


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Myths & Legends; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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