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An image of Durga killing the buffalo demon by Chitrashala Press

Chitrashala Press

(India 1878 – )

Title
Durga killing the buffalo demon
Place of origin
India
Year
late 19th century
Media category
Print
Materials used
chromolithograph
Dimensions

50.6 x 38.6 cm

Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Accession number
104.2011
Location
Not on display
Further information

In this print, the goddess steps on the back of the buffalo demon whose head she has just severed. In her multiple hands, Durga, created from the energy of the gods, holds their attributes. She stabs the forehead of the demon and two of his followers, while grasping the hair and preventing the escape of a third. The tiger, usually a lion on which Durga rides, savages the buffalo’s hind-quarters. Durga herself is calm and serene, despite the raging battle, and she is elegantly dressed and adorned with jewellery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2011.

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012