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Battle with Raktavija
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Battle with Raktavija

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Description Devi, the goddess, assumes the terrifying black form of Kali, whose extended pink tongue laps up blood, as related in the sacred text known as the "Devimahatmya." The demon-king Shumbha's general, Raktavija, is shown twice. Above, supported by the goddess's extended tongue, he holds sword and shield, and his drops of blood produce clones of himself. Below, he has at last been conquered.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
8 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (21.9 x 28.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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