The Goddess Kali Standing on a Mountaintop

The Goddess Kali Standing on a Mountaintop

c. 1720

attributed to Master of the court of Mandi

(Indian)

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 28.1 x 18.4 cm (11 1/16 x 7 1/4 in.); Image: 24.9 x 15.3 cm (9 13/16 x 6 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.98

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The Goddess is wearing a garland of corpses.

Description

The four-armed goddess, her body colored orange, stands on a white mountaintop brandishing weapons and a severed head. A tree composed of puffs is behind her with cypress trees flanking it. Dogs, black birds, a mutilated human, and a decapitated buffalo are strewn about. Two black female attendants offer the goddess skull cups full of blood.

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