The 18-armed Hindu goddess Durga, an aspect of the Great Goddess Devi. After the gods had been defeated by the all-powerful demon Mahisha, they created Durga to serve as their champion. With the force of the gods' collective weapons and might transferred to her, she slays the demon buffalo. Originally, part of a larger ensemble. She stood on the back of the buffalo-demon. on a pedestal.
Kaccha, the turtle incarnation of Vishnu. Mumbai (place of creation). Date late 19th - early 20th century (1871 - 1930). Artist/maker after Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906), Ravi Varma Press (active late 19th century - early 20th century) (printmaker)