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Mahisasur Mardini

2014, acrylic on paper, 14 x 19, by Jenny Badger Sultan

Painting titled 'Mahisasur Mardini', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge Detail of painting 'Mahisasur Mardini', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge
Durga here fights Mahisa, the buffalo demon.

In this version, Durga has cut off the head of the demon (lower right corner) and another, more human-looking being is emerging from the neck. She is subduing this one as well.

'Slay the animal impulses and a higher self emerges'.

This subject, called Mahisasur Mardini, is shown repeatedly in Hindu art.

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