|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Lineages||Nyingma and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton|
|Collection||Tibet House, New York|
|Catalogue #||Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin|
Mahakala (Tibetan: nag po chen po, dor je leg den, English: the Great Black One, Vajra Goodness). The protector of Tantric Buddhism.
Wrathful, blue-black in colour, with one face, three eyes, a gaping mouth and yellow hair flowing upward, he has two hands holding a brown sandalwood 'ghandi' stick, pressed to the ground. Adorned with a crown of five skulls, earrings, necklaces and the like, he wears variously coloured garments and blue boots. Atop two corpses, a sun disc and pink lotus seat, he stands surrounded by the brightly burning orange and red flames of pristine awareness.
At the bottom left is a red 'tsen' daemon with one face and two hands, dressed as a warrior, riding a red horse in a lake of blood. At the right is a 'gyalpo' (king) daemon, blue in colour, with one face and two hands, wearing a monk's riding hat, seated atop a blue mule.
Jeff Watt 2-2000