Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon

Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon

900s
Locale
Uttar Pradesh Province Mathura, India
Country
India
figure
Harold P. and Jane F. Ullman Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Ullman
1986.7
. Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon. 900s. Harold P. and Jane F. Ullman Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Ullman. 1986.7.
Dimensions
height: 24 in, 60.96 cm; width: 18 3/8 in, 46.6725 cm; depth: 5 1/2 in, 13.97 cm; base height: 3 1/4 in, 8.255 cm; base width: 21 3/4 in, 55.245 cm; base depth: 9 3/4 in, 24.765 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon
900s
Central India
Sandstone
Harold P. and Jane F. Ullman Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs.
Edwin F. Ullman 
1986.7

This form of the Hindu goddess Durga is known as Mahishasuramardini, “destroyer of the buffalo demon.” The goddess is shown here with her right foot on the back of the demon Mahisha as she plunges her trident into the demon’s back. Her lion assists by biting the rump of the creature. Depictions of this form of Durga became very popular in Northern India in the ninth and tenth centuries.

Known Provenance
n.d.-1968, Sundaram Works of Art and Handicrafts, New Delhi [1]; 1968-1986, Harold P. and Jane F. Ullman Collection [d.1975, d.1991], Santa Monica CA; around 1986, Dr. Edwin F. Ullman (son of Harold and Jane Ullman); 1986, DAM Collection, gift Dr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Ullman. [1] dated Ullman partial inventory list from 1968 names this object and where it was acquired.