She looks graceful, benevolent and peaceful. That is till you notice the lion stomping a human figure, right front leg. The combination of serenity and Ugra aspect is typical of Durga and Mahishasuramardhini.
This composition is closely related to another Durga in my collection.
This idol is from Himachal Pradesh or neighbouring region. The floral pattern on the lion’s front and hindquarters and the lion’s raised tail curving backwards are typical of Himachal Pradesh bronzes.
The idol is about 9 cm in height. The wear and tear is not significant and it is a highly stylised bronze. This may not date earlier than the nineteenth century.