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Asian Art

Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha (Durga as Mahishasuramardini)

late 9th century C.E.

Volcanic stone

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
2018.168.1
Geography: 
Java, Indonesia
Status: 
On view*
Culture: 
Javanese
Period: 
Central Javanese period (ca. 500–1377)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Kinney from Teresa McCullough Ltd.,during Asian Art in London, 4-12 November 2004. Collection of C. Roger Moss, OBE England, purchased in Hong Kong and after his retirement and return to the UK, consigned to Theresa McCullough.

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.

Bibliography: 

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

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.