Durga beneath a Sunburst Medallion.
India, state of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu. 16th century. Bronze. Lent by Leo S. Figiel, M. D.

Beneath a large sunburst medallion, a triumphant four-armed Durga stands over a decapitated buffalo. The zigzag shaft of her trident simulates a thunderbolt as it pierces the buffalo at her feet while her other hand holds the wretched demon Mahisha. An incongruously small lion attacks the buffalo's rear. This vigorous rendition of Durga with a disproportionately large head and short skirt is typical of the folk style of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The large number of Durga images from this region are testimony to the high regard in which she is held.

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Durga beneath a Sunburst Medallion.