Durga with Kumara
9th century
India: Bihar, Shahabad District
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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.

Details

  • Title: Durga with Kumara
  • 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

Object Information

Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, no. 133 pp. 172-173
Pal, Pratapaditya, Durga: Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother, fig. 23 pp. 24-25
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1206 p. 382
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