Goddess Kali is the most powerful form of Shakti and as per the usual iconography, she is portrayed as standing on her consort, Shiva’s corpse. She is the Divine Mother who destroys the evil to protect innocent. This statue represents the deep connection between Kali and Durga; when the demons Chanda and Munda attacked goddess Durga, she responded with such an anger causing her face to turn dark, resulting in Kali appearing out of her forehead; this transformation of Durga to Kali is a clear personification of the all-destroying time. This brass statue is a clear depiction of this scene, as goddess Durga in the form of wrathful Kali stands on the furious lion (Durga’s vahana), carved with its mouth wide open and pointed canines ready to kill the demons, as can also be observed by its attacking stance.
The antique stony hue of this statue is its real attraction, highlighting each and every expression and body gesture in its actual fierce form with the cuts and curves focusing on every structure’s formation clearly and beautifully. The lion stands on a thick rectangular pedestal having patterns of lotus petals carved on its circumference. Goddess is shown with eight hands and each hand carries her fearful destructive weapons; adorned with a garland of human skulls and a skirt made of severed hands. Her long extensively carved crown glorifies her head and the large beautifully chiseled aureole at the back seems to spread cosmic rays of liberation and protection from evil.