Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Shadbhuja (Ga Lotsawa)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 2187)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Mahakala, Shadbhuja: 'the swift-acting Lord with six-arms,' a protector deity according to the tradition of Ga Lotsawa. (See a related group of paintings).

This form of the six-armed Mahakala appears almost identical to the Shangpa Kagyu form of the deity. However, with this figure the two upraised and the two lower hands hold objects in a different manner than the Shangpa Mahakala. Also, the retinue figures in this composition are different, as is the lineage of teachers.

At the top center is Arya Nagarjuna Nanda Shri. At the right side is Ga Lotsawa. Descending on the left side are Beng Gon, Chig Char Marpo, Dragpo Kyupa. Descending on the right side are Kuyi Gonpo Tag Shon, Dokam Wangchugma, and an embracing couple. At the bottom center is Wangchug Chenpo and the consort Parvati.

Jeff Watt 2-2017

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Swift Acting Lord with Six Arms.

Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: om mani padme hum.

Special Features: (Printed script (Uchen), includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Collection: Bonhams London (Highlights)
Collection: Jongen-Schleiper (Paintings)
Buddhist Protector: Mahakala Main Page
Mahakala: Shadbhuja, Six-armed (All Traditions) Main Page
Collection: Bonhams London (Protector Deities)