Dhumralocana approaches Devi

Indian, Pahari
about 1825

Object Place: Kangra or Guler, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 17.5 x 28 cm (6 7/8 x 11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink on paper with graphite

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Obverse: various place, in Devanagari, short inscriptions (to be read).

Reverse: at bottom, in Devanagari, three lines: "Then Dhumralocana ran up to her, and she reduced him to ashes by her magic power... Then the lion of Devi, upon which she rode -- fell upon the army of the asuras... tore out the hearts of some with his claws, and split the heads of others with his paw, etc..."


By 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection