|Northern India or Pakistan, 10th century|
The goddess Camunda, a grotesque manifestation of Devi, sprungﾠfrom the brow of Kali (another aspect of Devi) to defeat the demonsﾠCanda and Munda. She became known as Camunda, a contraction ofﾠCanda and Munda after successfully completing this mission. Byﾠtradition, the goddess haunts cremation grounds or fig trees.
In this image, Camunda bug-eyed and with fangs protruding from herﾠmouth, sits on the body of Canda, one of the defeated demons. Theﾠsevered head of Munda is held in her middle left hand. The lower leftﾠhand holds a skull cup which by tradition is brimming with blood. Theﾠupper left hand holds a writhing snake.
The three left hands hold a sword, a double skull drum and a trident orﾠtrisular respectively.
She wears a yajnopavitaﾠ(a sacred thread worn by mostly Hindu maleﾠpriests) that comprises skulls and which falls from her neck to her feet,ﾠand aﾠjata mukutaﾠheaddress.
Camunda and Munda rest on a petalled dais, which is on a rectangular platform. A flaming mandorla rises from the platform; the aureoleﾠbehind Camunda's head is in engraved in the form of an open lotusﾠpetal.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Dimensions: height: 13.9cm|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Middle Eastern Antiques|
|Images of the goddess often show a shrunken, skeletal body andﾠappear on the exterior walls of shrines dedicated to Shiva or to Devi,ﾠbut this image is rather fleshy. It has an even green patina, andﾠcontours smoothed by time and weathering. One of the front legs ofﾠthe platform now is missing but this is a minor loss given the great ageﾠand rarity of this image - the image nonetheless stands upright in aﾠstable and solid manner as if all four feet were present. Overall, this isﾠa most interesting and unusual piece.|
References:ﾠDye, J.M.,ﾠThe Arts of India: Virginia Museum of FineﾠArts, Philip Wilson Publishers, 2001
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