The Goddess Chamunda

Identified by the third eye on her forehead, this stele depicts a gruesome imagery of Chamunda. She is shown here as Durga in her fearsome form and is represented as an emaciated skeleton, nirmamsa kankali. In this stele, she is standing on a young boy accompanied by two male kankala (skeletal) figures. In this sculpture, Chamunda is ten- armed, carrying Durga and Shiva's attributes, mostly weapons. She slayed the demons Chanda and Munda and hence is called Chamunda.

Date/Period
c.11th century
Region
Rajshahi (formerly Bogra) district, Bangladesh
Dimension
Object size: L26.5 x W4.5 x H63.0 cm
Accession No.
1998-00474
Material
Schist
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture

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