Having originated amongst the region’s homebound women who were in a bid to decorate their simple mud dwellings, Madhubani paintings keep to spiritual themes and deva-devi depictions. This work is no exception to such a rule. The slender dashabhujadhari (ten-armed) Devi, with Her trusty vahana the lion, vanquishes the adharmi Mahishasura (buffalo-demon) and his vahana. She pins them down, gazing straight into the demon’s eyes with an expression of triumph and finality.
The colour palette of this work of art is dominated by ochre, which makes up the solid-coloured background. The figures in the painting feature understated pastels applied with superfine brushstrokes, complemented by a sparing proportion of black. This is quite unusual, given that Madhubanis are typically painted in thick black lines which are rarely ever filled in with colour. This one would therefore make a statement addition to your folk art collection or an expressive one to your pooja-room.