A Gilt Bronze Figure of Mahakala
A Gilt Bronze Figure of Mahakala


A Gilt Bronze Figure of Mahakala
Sino-Tibet, 18th century
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high
with Oriental Gallery, Pennsylvania, by 1990.
Himalayan Art Resource (himalayanart.org), item no.24282

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This finely cast gilt bronze figure of Mahakala, one of the primary protector deities in Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhism, is depicted striding in alidhasana atop the elephant-headed Vignataka, with his six arms outstretched and holding various implements. The figure is dressed in a tiger skin with a garland of skulls hanging from the waist. Compare with a gilt bronze figure of Mahakala in the Prague Nation Gallery, which displays nearly identical modeling of the hair, face, jewelry and accoutrements (HAR item no. 57657).

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