Durga on lion

This piece shows Durga, the ferocious form of Mother Goddess, seated on a yali (lion) surrounded by three attendants holding chauri (flywisks). She holds distinctive symbols in her hands such as a sword and a trident. She also holds a lizard which is emblematic of the Mother Goddess. On the bottom-left corner is a devotee offering a firepot to the goddess. The work was meticulously done with a pen and then dyed with vegetable dyes including indigo. This textile was probably hung in temples for ritual purposes during festive occasions in honour of Durga.

Indigenous Name
Durga on yali
Date/Period
18th century
Region
Andhra Pradesh, South India
Dimension
Object size: L184 x W188.5 cm
Accession No.
1995-03369
Material
Cotton, vegetable dyes
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Textiles