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K0424 KHMER MAHISHASURAMARDINI (DURGA DEFEATED BUFFALO DEMON)
Angkor Period, Angkor Wat, 11th Century







KHMER MAHISHASURAMARDINI (DURGA DEFEATED BUFFALO DEMON)
Angkor Period, style of Angkor Wat,
11th Century
Sandstone
Height 135cm,
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Description: This sculpture represents the goddess Durga's victory over the demon-buffalo Mahishasura who is represented as a frontal mask on the base, an epic told in the ancient Indian "Markandeya Purana and Matsya Purana". According to Indian mythology, Durga's body was formed by the congealed fiery energies of all the male Hindu gods who had enraged by their defeat at the hands of Mahishasura, a demon that only a woman could vanquish. Thus armed by the gods and given a lion as her vehicle, "she embodied the strength of the gods", and defeated the demon.



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