Asian Art

Hindu Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini)

late 9th century C.E.


40 5/8 × 17 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (103.2 × 44.5 × 16.5 cm)
Gift of Ann and Gilbert H. Kinney, B.A. 1953, M.A. 1954
Central Java, Indonesia
On view
Early Kingdoms period (500–1377)

Collection of C. Roger Moss, OBE England, purchased in Hong Kong; after his retirement and return to the UK, consigned to Theresa McCullough Ltd.,during Asian Art in London, 4-12 November 2004; purchased by Ann R. Kinney and Gilbert H. Kinney (1931–2020), New York; gift in 2018 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note:Moss was an independent non-executive director of Kerry Properties Ltd. in Hong Kong during 1996-2006. Mr. Moss (born 1936), an accountant, was the finance director of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation, 1884 (?)-1996. Subsequently, he was an international advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia) until November 2002. The Oriental Ceramic society lists him as having served as President, 2000-2002. Yale Art Gallery staff, Ben Diebold was able to contact Mr. Moss in England. Moss stated in an email that the piece was acquired in Hong Kong sometime in the 1990s.


Jan Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, exh. cat. (Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 1990).

Denise Patry Leidy, “South and Southeast Asian Sculpture, 7th–9th century,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 63, fig. 10.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.