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Awesome Kali with 4 arms seated with her lower right lower hand holding a sword while she is guarded by Naga, 19th century or earlier bronze 14cm

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An awesome mix of terror and beauty of seated Kali with 4 arms. Her  lower right lower hand holds a sword while she id guarded by Naga. Her left hands hold a Trisula and blood bowl, 19th century bronze 14cm high. 

Kālī is the feminine form of kālam ("black, dark coloured"). Kālī also shares the meaning of "time" or "the fullness of time" with the masculine noun "kāla"—and by extension, time as "changing aspect of nature that bring things to life or death." Other names include Kālarātri ("the black night"), and Kālikā ("the black one").

The homonymous kāla, "appointed time", which depending on context can mean "death", is distinct from kāla"black", but became associated through popular etymology. The association is seen in a passage from the Mahābhārata, depicting a female figure who carries away the spirits of slain warriors and animals. She is called kālarātri (which Thomas Coburn, a historian of Sanskrit Goddess literature, translates as "night of death") and also kālī (which, as Coburn notes, can be read here either as a proper name or as a description "the black one"). Kālī is also the feminine form of Kāla, an epithet of Shiva, and thus the consort of Shiva.