|Date Range||1300 - 1399|
|Lineages||Kagyu and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
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; from the lineage of Arya Nagarjuna.
The teachers at the top left are Nagarjuna, Abhayakara Gupta and Gva Lotsawa. The three on the right side are Lhaje, Choje and Onpo. It is unclear as to which Onpo Lama the inscription is referring to. The first well known teacher with this title is Kuyalwa (Onpo) Rinchen Gonpo (1191-1236, TBRC P1784]).
Jeff Watt 3-2001