About this object

Sino-Tibetan statue of Mahakala or Mgonpo nagpo chenpo who is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He is represented in his six-armed protector form overcoming the enemies of Buddhism (represented in the form of the Hindu God Ganesha who lies beneath Mahakala, with an extended arm that holds a bowl) . He holds objects in his hands (which include, a curved knife, a skull bowl, a drum, a moneybag, a ring of skulls) which help him achieve his protector role.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1800 about
  • Materials
    Bronze; Gilt Metal; Pigment
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    V B Holland
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    141 mm x 69 mm x 14 mm
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); V B Holland (Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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