Lot n° 103
1500 - 2000
Devi Mahatmya : Manuscrit hindou à la gloire de la Grande déesse Durga et le démon Mahishasura
North India, Kashmir, circa 1800
Oblong format, ink and watercolor in vivid polychrome on paper, consisting of 526 ff., 6 ll. of Sanskrit text per page, important sections indicated in red, in a yellow and red ruling. Marginal marks in black. Text illustrated with eight illuminated miniatures, depicting the goddess Durga with the great gods of the pantheon or fighting against demons. Bound in leather and paper. Stains and wetness, repairs, some pages missing, folios consolidated at beginning and end.
Text: 9 x 5 cm; Page: 13.2 x 8.7 cm
Durga is one of the avatars of Pravati, wife of the god Shiva. The Devi Mahatmyam describes a historical battle between good and evil, where the goddess Durga defends the forces of good against the demon Mahishasura. The goddess, wins against the forces of evil (Tracy Pintchman, Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Indentities of the Hindu Great Goddess, State University of New York Press, 2001, pp. 191-192).
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