Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Panjarnata (Lord of the Pavilion)

མ་ཧཱ་ཀཱ་ལ། ནག་པོ་ཆེན་པོ། 玛哈嘎拉
(item no. 86469)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1200 - 1299
Lineages Sakya and Buddhist
Material Stone, Painted Face/Hair
Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

TBRC: W25327

Interpretation / Description

Panjaranata Mahakala.

At the upper left id Bhutadamara Vajrapani. At the lower left s Copper Knife Mahakala. At the upper right side is Ekajati. At the lower right is Shri Devi Dudsolma.

"...the great Vajra Mahakala, blazing, with one face, two hands, in the right a curved knife and the left a skullcup filled with blood, held above and below the heart. Held across the middle of the two arms is the 'Gandhi of Emanation.' With three eyes, bared fangs, yellow hair flowing upward, a crown of five dry human skulls and a necklace of fifty wet, blood dripping; adorned with six bone ornaments and snakes; having a lower garment of tiger skin; flowing with pendants and streamers of various silks; in a posture dwarfish and thick, standing above a corpse. To the right is a black crow, left a black dog, behind a wolf, in front a black man, above a garuda, emanations of messengers issue forth, with Akshobhya as a crown, standing in the middle of blazing fire of pristine awareness." (Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557).

Jeff Watt 2-2019

Secondary Images
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Exhibition Appearances
Faith & Empire: Art & Politics in Tibetan Buddhism

Thematic Sets
Mahakala: Panjarnata, Lord of the Pavilion (Main Page)
Mahakala: Panjarnata Masterworks (Sculpture)
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Sculpture)
Mahakala: Panjarnata, Lord of the Pavilion (Forms & Types)