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Sculpture / figure / goddess / Kali


Figure carved in black chlorite of Mahakali, eight-armed, ornamented with a garland of skulls and standing on the corpse of her husband Siva: North East Indian, Pala period, 9th - 10th century

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World Culture

Object name

Sculpture / figure / goddess / Kali

Production information

Northeast India, South Asia


9th - 10th century


Chlorite-schist, Sandstone

Physical description

Chlorite, black


Depicted: Kali
Depicted: Siva
Previous owner: Royal Society of Edinburgh
Previous owner: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Original donor: Simpson, Francis, Colonel, 1800 - 1831 (fl.)
Cadell, William Archibald, 1775 - 1855


Cadell, W.A. (Read March 6. 1820) 'Description of some Indian Idols in the Museum of the Society' in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 9, pp.381-392, illust. in PL. XXIV, fig. 1 'Cali' Drawn & Engd. by W. H. Lizars

Waterson, Charles D. 1997. Collections in Context: The Museum of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Inception of a National Museum for Scotland. NMS Publications. pp.50-52

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