Figure, of Camunda

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Postcard of Figure, of Camunda.
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Figure, of Camunda

This black chlorite figure of the Hindu Goddess Camunda, dates to the Pala period of the 9th and 10th centuries, and comes from North East India.

Carved in black chlorite, this figure of the Hindu Goddess Camunda is represented as an eight-armed female figure ornamented with a garland of skulls and seated on her 'vehicle' - a male corpse.

Camunda is one of the terrifying manifestations of the Goddess Devi. Here we see her on the corpse of a male figure. Her appearance is wretched with emaciated features. Her attributes in the wildly gesticulating arms include a dagger, a mace and a drum. She also holds a human head emphasising her gruesome nature.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-556-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1956.574
Date: 9th - 10th century
9th or 10th Century
Material: Chlorite, black
What: Figure / group / goddess / Mahakali / corpse / Siva
Subject: Metal figures
Who: Mahakali
Where: India, North East India
Description: Figure carved in black chlorite of Mahakali, eight-armed, ornamented with a garland of skulls and standing on the corpse of her husband Siva: North East Indian, Pala period, 9th - 10th century
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