Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - (1 face - 8 hands)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 100025)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Size 83.82x60.96cm (33x24in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.13.4
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Mahakala (English: the Great Black One) with one face and eight hands, fearsome in apperance, in a standing posture. Along the top are the five Celestial Buddhas.

Jeff Watt 3-2001

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