Durga with Kumara

Durga with Kumara
Creator:
India: Bihar, Shahabad District
Date:
9th century
Medium:
Schist 
Dimensions:
35-1/4 x 20 x 10 in. (89.5 x 50.8 x 25.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1975.16.10.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

The presence of a child signifies that this is a peaceful and maternal manifestation of the Hindu goddess Durga, despite her militant attributes. Her upper right hand is busy extracting an arrow from her full quiver, while her other hands hold a bow, sword, and shield. She sits atop her lion mount and supports a small boy on her left knee, perhaps Kumara. Interestingly, her torso is not bare, and she wears a thin blouse embellished with lotus blossoms.

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