Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara), 11th century. Thakuri dynasty. Nepal (Kathmandu Valley). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987 (1987.218.1) | Shiva (Maheshvara) is shown together with his wife Uma (Parvati) in an image of great tenderness and grace, seated in royal ease on an elliptical lotus platform.
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. 14-15th C. Nepal Gilt copper alloy inlaid semi-precious stones.