Devi Enshrined and Holding the Tongue of a Demon

c. 1725
Location: not on view
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His spiky hair standing on end suggests that the naked figure is a demon.


This enigmatic painting remains unidentified. Set in a forest teeming with wildlife, a four-armed goddess with three eyes and a crescent moon in her crown shows her dominance over a naked, ashen male figure standing to her left by clutching his tongue. In her right hands, she appears to hold agricultural implements, while in her upper left hand she holds a mace.
Devi Enshrined and Holding the Tongue of a Demon

Devi Enshrined and Holding the Tongue of a Demon

c. 1725

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Sirohi; or Northern Deccan, Aurangabad

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