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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

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A 17th century bronze of Hindu Deity Durga from Newar, the historic Kathmandu Valley an surrounding areas in Nepal. Primarily Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman ethnic region the Newars follow both Hinduism and Buddhism. Newari semi-standing Gilt bronze of Durga with 4 arms on a rectangular decorated base, 17th to early 18th century. 17 cm high, 

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.