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Figure of eight-armed Durga slaying the Buffalo-demon

  • Description

    The gods each lent their particular weapons to Durga, to enable her to overcome an over-mighty Buffalo-demon who was threatening their heaven. This demon could change his form at will. After a long struggle the Goddess beheaded the demon as he emerged from the buffalo into human form.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaSouth-east AsiaIndonesiaJava Central Java (place of creation)
    9th - 10th century AD (AD 801 - 1000)
    Material and technique
    volcanic stone
    86 x 43 x 24 cm max. (height x width x depth)
    mount poles 8 cm (height)
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    Purchased, 1999.
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    • First floor | Room 32 | India from 600

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