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A Rare Stone Figure of Durga
A Rare Stone Figure of Durga

KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR, 7TH/8TH CENTURY

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A Rare Stone Figure of Durga Khmer, Pre-Angkor, 7th/8th Century The four-armed deity standing in samapada on top of a buffalo head depicted frontally and flanked by its hooves, her uppermost hands holding a conch and flower, sensitively modeled wearing a diaphanous dhoti, her rounded face with a serene expression 26 in. (66.1 cm.) high

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Durga represents the combined energy of all gods as mater omnipotentia, victorious over the Buffalo demon. While generally depicted in the midst of slaying the demon with tremendous force, this exceptional early figure powerfully reduces the energetic drama to an elegantly restrained sculpted icon of timeless monumentality.

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