Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1500

Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1500

volcanic stone, h 71.5cm × w 38cm × d 34.5cm. More details

According to Hindu mythology, the kingdom of heaven was once threatened by a mighty buffalo demon. None of the gods could defeat him. So they created the goddess Durga and endowed her with all their individual powers. This made Durga the only one capable of stopping the demon. In her eight arms she bears the weapons and symbols of the deities whose combined power she represents.

On display in Aziatisch Paviljoen, room 1

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