Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - (1 face - 2 hands)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 100006)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Size 55.25x87.63cm (21.75x34.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.3.7
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Mahakala (English: the Great Black One) with one face and two hands folded at the heart holding a curved knife and skullcup, fearsome in apperance, in a standing posture. Fourteen similar forms of Mahakala descend at the right and left sides. Along the top are the five Celestial Buddhas. Above the donor figures along the bottom are three meditational deities, Ganapati, Achala and a red figure with one face and two hands, peaceful in appearance.

Jeff Watt 3-2001

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