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Durga on her tiger kills Mahisha the buffalo demon

Savaddin, son of Mohammad, India

Creation date: 1844
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.807
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 7 5/8 in. x 5 5/32 in. (19.4 cm x 13.1 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Maharaja of Bikaner, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India ( - No. 5470)

Sotheby's, London, England (December 10, 1974 - December 10, 1974)

Greig, London, England (December 10, 1974 - December 10, 1974)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 10, 1974 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

Temple, Palace, Mosque: 2010

Durga is the great warrior goddess of India to whom many devotees pray for victory in battle. She simultaneously smites the demon with a dagger and pierces his body with her spear. She has already beheaded the buffalo head of the demon, seen here emerging from the neck in his true form in the climactic moment just prior to his death.

The inscription on the reverse of this page gives the name of the Muslim artist, the date, and the fact that this painting was created to be a najar, or gift, from the artist to the Maharaja of Bikaner. Painted only four years before India was officially made a colony of the British, this artist shows no interest in incorporating European stylistic elements. It is an exceptionally fine example of traditional Rajput painting for this late date.

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November 2004
Asian Tastes Installation
Durga is the great warrior goddess of India to whom many devotees pray for victory in battle. She was generated by the gods as the sum total of all their conquering power (tejas). In each of her eight arms she holds a weapon, including a dagger with a rounded handle shaped much like the gray jade dagger from the Schinasi collection. She simultaneously smites the demon with a katar dagger and pierces his body with her spear. She has already beheaded the buffalo head of the demon, who is here seen emerging from the neck in his true form in the climactic moment just prior to his death.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment , 8/14/2021 - 2/13/2022

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Catalogue of Fine Oriental Miniatures and Manuscripts, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, December 10, 1974
Page Number: 24, Lot no. 121


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