Skip to Content

Object Results

Showing 20 of 32


Kali, Goddess of Destruction

6 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (15.2 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm)

Indian artist

Object Type: Metalwork
Medium and Support: Brass
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1958.41
Link to this object
Location: Not currently on view

A mother goddess of fertility and creation figures prominently in many belief systems. Although this sculpture has long been named Kali, Goddess of Destruction, an identification of this Hindu goddess has not yet been confirmed. She holds on her hip a small child and is accompanied by another. In her left hand is a cup and in her right, possibly a weapon.

Kali is a paradoxical figure: wild and destructive, yet also maternal. One story tells of Kali on the battlefield, dancing and rampaging wildly, drunk on the blood of her victims. In an effort to protect the world from her chaotic energy, her partner Shiva turns into a crying infant; Kali’s maternal impulses prevail and she calms down to soothe and nurse the child in need.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Additional Images Click an image to view a larger version

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Web Links See links to web pages and lesson plans
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

Your current search criteria is: Keyword is "GXUA".

View current selection of records as: