Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Danda (Stick)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 66)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Nyingma
Size 68.58x48.26cm (27x19in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.8.8
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Danda Mahakala (Tibetan: gon po beng leg den nag po sri me gyi bu): a main wisdom protector of the Nyingma School.

Wrathful, black in colour, with one face and two hands he holds upraised in the right a sandalwood staff and a skullcup held to the heart in the left. Wearing a long black cloak he stands atop a corpse seat, sun disc and lotus blossom, surrounded by the flames of wisdom.

At the top center is the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara accompanied by various figures along with Padmasambhava. At the bottom left is the worldly protector Damchen Garwa'i Nagpo along with others in the middle and on the right.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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