Figure of eight-armed Durga slaying the Buffalo-demon

On display

The gods each lent their particular weapons to Durga, to enable her to overcome an over-mighty Buffalo-demon who was threatening their heaven. This demon could change his form at will. After a long struggle the Goddess beheaded the demon as he emerged from the buffalo into human form.


  • Title

    Figure of eight-armed Durga slaying the Buffalo-demon

  • Associated place

    Central Java (place of creation)
  • Date

    9th - 10th century AD (AD 801 - 1000)
  • Material and technique

    volcanic stone

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  • Dimensions

    86 x 43 x 24 cm max. (height x width x depth)
    mount poles 8 cm (height)
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  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1999.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 32 | India from AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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