|Date Range||1500 - 1599|
|Size||24cm (9.45in) high|
|Material||Metal, Painted Face/Hair|
Summary: This form of Mahakala can be either a protector deity (dharmapala) or a meditational deity (ishtadevata).
Chaturbhuja, Mahakala (Tibetan: gon po, chag shi pa. English: the Great Black One with Four Hands). The principal protector of the Chakrasamvara class of Tantras.
With one face and four hands, blue-black in colour, Mahakala glares ferociously with three large round eyes, bared fangs and orange hair flowing upward. The first pair of hands hold a coconut and the left a skullcup - held to the heart. The second right hand holds upraised a sword and in the left a trident staff. Adorned with a crown of skulls, bone and jewel ornaments, garlands of heads and scarves. The Lord wears a tiger skin as a lower garment and bone ornaments. In a relaxed posture he is seated above a lotus, sun and corpse seat.
A dedication inscription with numerous spelling errors is written around the base of the sculpture.
Jeff Watt 6-2022
'With an aureole blazing like the age of fire, A body of dark blue color, one face and four arms, Holding a coconut, curved knife, sword, skull of blood and a khatvanga staff. To the glorious Lord of Wisdom [I] bow! May I and all being's every adverse obstacle be completely cleared! To his own life-force, OM SVAHA.'
skal pa me ltar 'bar ba'i rlong dkyil na/ sku mngog mthid nag zhal cig phyab zhi pa/ bhe ta ral gri thod khrag kha tam 'dzin/ dpal yi shes mgan po la phyag 'tshal/ bdag sogs /khor bcas gyi 'gal rkyen bar cad thams cad zhi bar gyur cig// kho la bla rang gi/ oM swa ha/
Laura Weinstein 5-2022