From the estate of the Count and Countess Haller V. Hallerstein, Boston, USA
A rare, important statue of goddess Durga in her eight-arm form, standing on a base with two tenons where a prabha (aureole for altars) was fixed.
The statue is a tantric representation of Durga, the Shiva's sakti (female incarnation), representing her magic and esoteric strength.
Her eight hands hold eight ritual objects, the same found on the various manifestations of the Durga form. There are the thunderbolt, the ritual drum, the sword, the trident, the ritual cup, the shield among others.
The goddess with flames in her hair is quite a powerful image, even considering the contrast with her serene expression.
From the stylistic point of view, this statue is very interesting; it has characteristics very close to popular art but it preserves the South India statues' classical features. All that, together with its considerable size, underlines the effect of this figure.