Durga
The Hindu Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. She is depicted as having eight or ten hands and Durga riding the lion symbolises her mastery over all these qualities. Durga incarnated as the united power of all divine beings, who offered her the required physical attributes and weapons to kill the demon "Mahishasur" who threatened the gods.
 
Durga is a representative of female power in Hinduism and is also identified by the Hindus as Adi Parashakti, Devi, Shakti, Bhavani, Parvati and numerous other female forms. She is a warrior goddess and the source of Hindu mythology for combating evil and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity and dharma of the good. Many of Hindu Art and sculpture represents her fierce role as the protective mother goddess ready to unleash her anger against evil. Given her multirole it is not surprising to see the Hindu religious artisans throughout the ages focussing their skills in depicting Durga’s power and emotions.Some of her artistic and sculptural representations of Durga are as a goddess riding a lion or tiger, with many arms carrying weapons. Her most ferocious form of defeating Mahishasura ( buffalo demon) with its head in her hands is the ultimate display of fate of the evil demons in her hands, Her antiquity is takes its roots in the Vedic literature, such as in the Rigveda literature and the Atharvaveda. While the Vedic literature uses the word Durga, the description therein lacks the legendary details about her that follows in later Hindu literature.Not only venerated as a destroyer of evil but also she is equated with the concept of ultimate reality called Brahman for creation of the universe. Durga has a significant following all over India, Bangladesh and Nepal, particularly in its eastern states such as West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam and Bihar. Durga is revered during the festival of Navratri celebrated by Hindus all over the world.Art and Sculpture of Durga
 


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Durga, A tribal or village work of art, Indian bronze, 19th century or possibly earlier, H 7.0" X L 5.0"
Durga, A tribal or village work of art, Indian bronze, 19th century or possibly earlier, H 7.0" X L 5.0"
£185.00
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Durga, Tibetan or Burmese black bronze 6.75  inches, 18th -19th century
Durga, Tibetan or Burmese black bronze 6.75 inches, 18th -19th century
£190.00
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A rare South East Asian bronze of Durga seated on her Vahana the lion, stented plinth with yantra motif. H 4.5" x L 3.7"
A rare South East Asian bronze of Durga seated on her Vahana the lion, stented plinth with yantra motif. H 4.5" x L 3.7"
£225.00
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Maheshasura Mardini (Durga) holding the severed demon's head. She has 8 arms and stands on a square base with worn Yantric motiff. 18th century
Maheshasura Mardini (Durga) holding the severed demon's head. She has 8 arms and stands on a square base with worn Yantric motiff. 18th century
£290.00
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Durga, Bronze 6 arms seated deity, holding snake, knife, blood bowl, 5.5" tall ca 18th century or earlier
Durga, Bronze 6 arms seated deity, holding snake, knife, blood bowl, 5.5" tall ca 18th century or earlier
£395.00
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Rare Maheshasura Mardini overcoming the demon Mahesura South Indian Bronze H 6.7" W 3.0" 18th Century
Rare Maheshasura Mardini overcoming the demon Mahesura South Indian Bronze H 6.7" W 3.0" 18th Century
£398.00
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Durga as Maheshasuramardini, having overcome the demon, holds his decapitated head in her hands,  A rare 17th to 18th century bronze  15 cm. width: 10 cm. depth: 6 cm
Durga as Maheshasuramardini, having overcome the demon, holds his decapitated head in her hands, A rare 17th to 18th century bronze 15 cm. width: 10 cm. depth: 6 cm
£420.00
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Beautiful rare South Indian bronze of seated Kali with four arms,  rare bronze, H 4.2" ca 18th century SOLD
Beautiful rare South Indian bronze of seated Kali with four arms, rare bronze, H 4.2" ca 18th century SOLD
£420.00
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Maheshasura Mardini, Bronze 3 piece alter H 8.25 x  W 4.65 x B 3.20, 18th century or possibly earlier
Maheshasura Mardini, Bronze 3 piece alter H 8.25 x W 4.65 x B 3.20, 18th century or possibly earlier
£445.00
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A stunning rare and antique Indian bronze of Goddess Durga, H 7.2", 18th -early 19th century
A stunning rare and antique Indian bronze of Goddess Durga, H 7.2", 18th -early 19th century
£445.00
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Durga, Maheshasuramardini with the severed devil's head in left hand, ca 16th century, height 13 CM, as seen
Durga, Maheshasuramardini with the severed devil's head in left hand, ca 16th century, height 13 CM, as seen
£445.00
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Seated bronze figure of Durga, with a sword in one hand and a bowl of blood in the other. ca 18th-19th century 5.5" high
Seated bronze figure of Durga, with a sword in one hand and a bowl of blood in the other. ca 18th-19th century 5.5" high
£475.00
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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
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
£480.00
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A rare 18th century or earlier  bronze of eight arm Durga as Maheshasuramardini overcoming the demon,
A rare 18th century or earlier bronze of eight arm Durga as Maheshasuramardini overcoming the demon,
£485.00
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Newari semi-standing Gilt bronze of Durga with 4 arms on a rectangular decorated base, 17th century or earlier, 17 cm high
Newari semi-standing Gilt bronze of Durga with 4 arms on a rectangular decorated base, 17th century or earlier, 17 cm high
£520.00
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A stunning bronze of Maheshasuramardini, Durga with  a pantheon of Hindu gods overcomming the demon, rare South Indian bronze, H 9.0", ca 16th - 17th century
A stunning bronze of Maheshasuramardini, Durga with a pantheon of Hindu gods overcomming the demon, rare South Indian bronze, H 9.0", ca 16th - 17th century
£3,600.00
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