Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - (1 face - 4 hands)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 100007)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Size 57.15x66.68cm (22.50x26.25in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.14.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Mahakala (English: the Great Black One) with one face and four hands, fearsome in appearance, in a standing posture. Along the top are the five Celestial Buddhas. At the upper right and left are the Sun and Moon Gods. At the bottom center is White Ganapati with four hands surrounded by donor figures. Commissioned in 1639.

Jeff Watt 3-2001

Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley

Thematic Sets
Nepal: Late Mala Period Painting
Buddhist Protector: Mahakala Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Nepal
Nepal: Buddhism
Mahakala: Chaturbhuja, Four-hands Main Page
Nepal: Dated Art