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Antique Central Java Bronze
Durga
On Guardian Lion

Circa: 15th century
H 6 in.(15cm.), W 3.5 in. (9cm.), D 2.5 in.(5.5cm.)
Condition : Very Good

This small bronze is devoted to the goddess Durga, who pervades the cosmos and creates, maintains, and periodically destroys it. In this she is like a female Vishnu, descending to the world when it is necessary to restore cosmic balance. She personifies maya; creating the world and bewitching the creatures she has created, but she also hears her devotees and attends to their needs.

Born from the mouths of the gods as jets of fire that united into a blazing sphere which took the shape of the goddess, she rides out on a lion to defeat the armies of the antigods, restoring the gods to heaven. Her image may take many forms; here she has three eyes and four arms and holds in her hands a trident, dagger, wine cup, and possibly a bell or other missing attribute. Despite its small size the work is complete with many details; the goddessís jewels and the royal ease asana, the dotting of the garment, and texturing of the animalís fur, which gathers into winglike locks at the shoulders and loins; even the lionís genitals are clearly defined.

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