An Eight Armed Goddess


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums
New Delhi, India

This finely cast bronze of an eight-armed goddess is most likely to be a form of the goddess Durga. She is shown as if seated on a pedestal (which is missing). Notably in four of her hands are empty cylindrical forms in which, in all probability, some of her emblems cast separately were pierced. Her fanning skirt and the posture of sitting is unique to this image.
Western India, mainly the western Rajasthan and the whole of Gujarat is considered to be the home of a large number of folk goddesses such as Bahuchara, Meladi, Shikotar, Shakti, Ambika, Vishat, Hadkai etc who are often identified with the goddess Durga in a process of Sanskritisation.

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  • Title: An Eight Armed Goddess
  • Date Created: 1831/1870
  • Location: Gujarat
  • Physical Dimensions: L 10 cm x B 14 cm x H 14 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Brass
  • Period: Mid 19th Century