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Chamunda
Place of Origin: Central India
Date: approx. 1000-1100
Materials: Sandstone
Dimensions: H. 21 1/2 in x W. 12 3/4 in x D. 5 in, H. 54.6 cm x W. 32.4 cm x D. 12.7 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B61S15+
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Two male demons set out to overcome the warrior goddess Durga. When she saw them, "her face in anger became black as ink. From her knitted brows sprang forth Kali [Chamunda], with her dreadful face. . . . She carried a strange skull-topped staff; she was shrouded in a tiger skin and looked utterly gruesome with her emaciated skin. Her mouth gaped widely, terrifying with its lolling tongue, and filled the directions with roars."

Here the terrifying multi-armed goddess holds a skull cup and missing hands once would have held implements of violence.
(Quotation from the 1500-year-old Hindu text Devi Mahatmya [The Glories of the Goddess] adapted from Thomas B. Coburn's translation in Vidya Dehejia, Devi, The Great Goddess, 1999)


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Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label:

Two male demons set out to overcome the warrior goddess Durga. When she saw them, "her face in anger became black as ink. From her knitted brows sprang forth Kali [Chamunda], with her dreadful face. . . . She carried a strange skull-topped staff; she was shrouded in a tiger skin and looked utterly gruesome with her emaciated skin. Her mouth gaped widely, terrifying with its lolling tongue, and filled the directions with roars."

Here the terrifying multi-armed goddess holds a skull cup and missing hands once would have held implements of violence.
(Quotation from the 1500-year-old Hindu text Devi Mahatmya [The Glories of the Goddess] adapted from Thomas B. Coburn's translation in Vidya Dehejia, Devi, The Great Goddess, 1999)


Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013