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Mahishasuramandini shrine - Sculpture


  • Object:

    Mahishasuramandini shrine

  • Place of origin:

    India (west, made)

  • Date:

    16th century-17th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Durga killing the Buffalo demon Mahishasuramardini. The goddess stands with her left leg on the back of Mahisha and the right foot on the back of the lion. The four-armed Durga spears the emerging demon with her long trident and kills the human form of the asura with a trident grasped by the lower right hand, which is cast in one piece with the rest of the shrine. Both the arch and the low base are simply modelled- damage to the front of the base. Very worn, with suggestions that the eyes were once in laid. That, with the general style suggest Gujarat but Madhya Pradesh is also possible. Dark copper colour.

Place of Origin

India (west, made)


16th century-17th Century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy


Height: 9.4 cm, Width: 64 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Gula Chater

Descriptive line

Durga killing the Buffalo demon, copper alloy, Western India, 17th century.

Production Note

Orissa, Eastern India

Subjects depicted



South & South East Asia Collection

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