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The Goddess Durga Victorious over the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini)

Representations of the goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon are celebrated throughout India. Transmitted to Southeast Asia, the theme appears in Indonesian art and in the early sculpture of Thailand and Camb... more

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahisasura Mardini)

The multi-armed Durga tramples the slain buffalo with her raised leg while plunging her trident into the human form of the demon Mahisha seen emerging from the neck of the beast. Her vehicle, the lion, joins in... more

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon(Mahishasura Mardini)

Durga slays Mahisha, who emerges in his anthropomorphic form, one foot still in the neck of the decapitated buffalo and the other in the mouth of Durga’s lion. Her army of followers is suggested by the small sw... more

The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Durga Mahishasura Mardini)

Functioning as an altar shrine, complete with a lustration basin, this icon depicts the goddess Durga in the act of conquering the buffalo demon Mahishasura. Durga crushes the beast with her foot and impales hi... more

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasura Mardini)

This sculpture portrays the sixteen-armed form of the goddess Durga as the slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisha. The array of arms, each displaying a weapon, creates a kinetic energy in the image, no doubt all t... more

Sword Handle with Scenes of the Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

The detailed elaboration of the Mahisashuramardini scene on this blade fitting, complete with a garland of severed heads arrayed on the curve of the guard, suggests that this weapon was intended for ritual anim... more

Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

This eighteen-armed version of the goddess Durga originally stood on a pedestal upon which she vanquished the buffalo demon Mahishasura, trampling him with one foot while transfixing him with Shiva’s trident. T... more

Boy Riding Buffalo

Popular in many media, representations of young boys with water buffalos often have Buddhist overtones. The motif of a youth herding a water buffalo alludes to a famous eleventh- to twelfth-century cycle of par... more

Water Buffalo

Unidentified Artist Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Plate 13: buffalo lying down, from 'Various animals' (Diversi animali)

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Plate 13: buffalo lying down, from 'Various animals' (Diversi animali)

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

[The Buffalo]

Print shows a buffalo, a pelican, and a possum, hanging from a tree, in a forest

Boy with water buffalo

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Boy with water buffalo

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Water buffalo with boy

Style of Whieldon type

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha (Mahishasura Mardini)

This painting portrays the climactic moment when Durga, shown as an eighteen-armed goddess, slays the demon Mahisha. Durga has already cut off Mahisha’s buffalo head and is shown bearing down on his human form,... more

Durga Confronts the Buffalo Demon Mahisha: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya

This composition was likely transferred from a pounced preliminary drawing, as it is a mirror image of the final preparatory sketch (2005.436.2), which would have served as a foundation for a finished painting.... more

Durga Confronts the Buffalo Demon Mahisha: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya

After witnessing the destruction of his armies, the demon Mahisha in his buffalo form confronts Durga, crushing some of her troops under his hooves. The goddess is shown taking a drink of powerful nectar; the t... more

Amusement for John Bull & his cousin Paddy, or, the gambols of the American buffalo, in St. James's Street

Print shows several ministers helping themselves to fishes and loaves that have spilled from a fishwife's basket which was upset by a rampaging "American Buffalo"; among those depicted are the Duke of Portland,... more

Buffalo figure

Fon silver works such as this silver buffalo served as objects of power and prestige owned by a ruler of the Fon kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuri... more

Chinese Sage Reading While Riding on a Buffalo

Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850) Edo period (1615–1868)

The buffalo hunt

An optimistic view of the presidential prospects of Martin Van Buren, nominated at the Free Soil Party's August 1848 convention in Buffalo, New York. Here Van Buren rides a buffalo and thumbs his nose as he se... more

Lewis wagon / J.S. Vernam del. ; Compton, Gibson & Co., Buffalo.

Elevation of wagon and plans for frame and axles.