Dokra or dhokra is the name given to a lost-wax casting technique that dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation Period. The non-ferrous alloy, which could be either solid- or hollow-casted, makes for a simplistic finish and forceful form. This could be seen in this abstract Mahishasuramardini Durga image that you see on this page, seated on the back of a lion as ferocious as She is.
Slayeress (‘mardini’) of the buffalo-demon (‘mahisha-asura’), Her mukhamandala is defined by pronounced features and a brilliant composure. Her saree is wound closely round Her long, lithe torso and the strong limbs that She spreads on either side of the simhavahana (divine lion mount). The ten hands of the dashabhujadharini wields a variety of weapons, with the anteriormost pair wielding the trident-spear that deals the fatal blow to Mahishasura.
Mahishasura, however, is not part of this composition. The simhavahini Devi is poised on the lifeless skull of the mahisha, vahana of the vanquished asura. Its tongue falls out of its mouth in death and defeat. Despite the rudimentary silhouette, the gorgeously framed face of the Devi, with crown and leaf, features large, beauteous eyes that are swimming with lifelike expression.
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