Goddess Durga - photo by Soumya. Sanskrit: "the inaccessible", Bengali: দুর্গা) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. In Bengal, she is said to be the mother of Ganesha, Kartikeya as well of Saraswati and Lakshmi. Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).
Gianlorenzo Bernini (after) (Italy, 1598 - 1690) Head of Proserpina, circa 1770-1800 Sculpture, White marble on giallo antico socle, Socle height: 5 7/8 in. (14.92 cm); Socle diameter: (19.05 cm); Overall: 24 x 16 x 12 in. (60.96 x 40.64 x 30.48 cm); Sculpture: 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (44.45 x 36.83 x 26.04 cm) Gift of Alex and Patricia Wengraf in honor of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2000.85)