|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Black Background on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1994.16.3|
Summary: This form of Mahakala can be either a protector deity (dharmapala) or a meditational deity (ishtadevata).
Chaturbhuja Vajra Nata Mahakala (Tibetan: gon po chag shi pa, dor je nag po chen po, English: The Great Black Vajra Lord with Four Hands) embracing the consort.
At the top center is the tutelary deity Heruka Chakrasamvara with Shabdrung Ngagwang Namgyal on the left and the Reverend Sherab Sengge on the right. At the middle right is the Raven-Headed Mahakala (Tib.: gon po cha rog dong chen) and Ekajati with one eye and one tooth on the left. At the bottom center is the great female protector Shri Devi with one face and four hands riding atop a mule.
Jeff Watt 4-2000