Description These three goddesses powerfully embody "shakti," the divine feminine energy that activates the cosmos, according to many traditions of Hindu thought. The central goddess, with a pyramid of animal heads, is an esoteric form of Kali, squatting on a jackal and dominating over a prostrate Bhairava, an angry form of the god Shiva. On the left is another form of the dark blue Kali, standing atop a male corpse. To the right is Durga, vanquishing the buffalo demon with the help of her lion. Below each goddess is a "yantra," a sacred diagram that functions as a tool to focus the mind during meditation. In Hindu Tantra, each goddess is associated with a specific yantra that serves as her geometric representation. Devotees worship a goddess both in her figural form and as her yantra. The clothing that these devotees wear marks them as members of Nepali royalty.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
- Goddess Divine Energy. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 2006-2007.
Provenance Mr. Tsarong, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, July 1980, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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