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Rhyton: The Buffalo-Slayer Goddess

Rhyton: The Buffalo-Slayer Goddess

c. 600-700

Silver

Overall: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1964.96

Description

Because the woman's widely set, heavy-lidded eyes suggest Indian facial types, she may well represent a Sasanian goddess who was associated with the cult of the Indian god Shiva. Known in India as Durga, Shiva's wife, and in Iran as Nana, she decapitated a demon who appeared in buffalo form. This was found crushed flat in tombs; its reconstruction took many months to complete.

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Collection: 
Near Eastern Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Silver

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