Private collection New York, since 1947.
Durga is the great goddess, the companion (shakti) of Shiva, the incarnation of the feminine principle. She absorbed the old pre-Vedic figure of the Mother Goddess and was the first female goddess to be worshipped in a Hindu's proper cult.
Durga has different forms and representations. Here she is depicted with four arms bearing: the trident, the snake, the amrita bowl (with sacred water) while her fourth arm is in dhyanamudra (meditation gesture). She sits in sukhasana (posture) between two columns that create a sort of sacred space enhancing her figure.
Beside the goddess, two female figures in tribhanga posture (the typical triple bend) hold a flywhisk as a sign of devotion and respect. They are probably the river goddesses Ganga and Jamuna, who also appear in the Shiva iconography.
This relief is so deeply carved that the figures seem to be sculpted quite entirely.
Conservation is good, only the head of the left devotee is missing.