Ashtabhujadhari Devi Durga Seated Under A Striking Aureole

Ashtabhujadhari Devi Durga Seated Under A Striking Aureole

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Both the medium and the style in which this sculpture has been executed are typical of South India, Southern Karnataka to be precise. A fine bronze tradition is kept alive to this day by local artisans from the region, of which this ashtabhujadhari (the one possessed of eight arms) Devi Durga murti is an example. She is poised on a layered and richly engraved pedestal, and a complex aureole surrounds the central mounted figure in its characteristic stance - these are the hallmarks of the ancient regional temple architecture namely the Hoysala tradition.

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, temple architecture took a turn for greater finesse and complexity. Under the patronage of the Hoysala Empire rulers, there emerged certain motifs that are the fixtures of modern-day works of art in keeping with that style. Note the lalitasana of Devi Durga and the overwhelming Kirtimukham motif above Her: as such She seems to belong to the consecrated walls of a sacred Hoysala temple. Such a Devi Durga ensemble would make an unusual addition to your home or office temple.

There is much to this composition that substantiates the authenticity of the sculptor’s skill. For example, the lifelike musculature of the line and the stance of its tail. The level of detail introduced into the folds of the Devi’s saree as well as the adornments all over Her divine form. Finally, the perfect symmetry and precision with which the aureole has been finished.

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Item Code: ZEO587
Specifications:
Bronze Statue
18.50 inch Height X 12.00 inch Width x 7.10 inch Depth
15.12 kg
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