Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Brahmarupa (Brahmin Form)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 789)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Sakya
Size 33.02x24.13cm (13x9.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.30.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Brahmarupa Mahakala (Tibetan: gon po dram ze, English: the Great Black One in the Form of a Brahmin): the outer form of Chaturmukha Mahakala, the special protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantra and the 2nd main protector of the Sakya School.

Sanskrit: Brahmarupa Tibetan: Dram ze

Jeff Watt 11-2000

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