What sets this haloed Durga apart is Her ferocious vahana, the lion. She sits astride Him, Their composite stance one of dynamism. His gaze is as fierce as the invincible Devi that rides him sidesaddle. Zoom in on the gorgeous mane to see how each strand has been superbly defined. The whiskers, the lashes lining the characteristic eyes, and the tilak on the forehead have been engraved with considerable finesse. The contrast produced in the mood of this composition makes this an unusual sculpture of the Devi - while the lion's piericng gaze makes the adharmee tremble in anticipation of its attack, the Devi herself is the very picture of maternal tranquility.
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