About this object

Cast bronze statue of protector Mahakala. Mahakala is seated in the pose of regal ease. He sits on the laid out body of a man. Mahakala has a rounded body, in his first pair of hands he holds a skull bowl and a curved knife before his heart. The items in his other pair of hands are broken off and are unidentifiable. Above his natural eyes and bushy eyebrows is a third vertical eye. His open mouth has four fangs and is framed by a beard. His flaming hair floats up around his head and is topped by a crown of five skulls (two broken off). He wears the ornaments of powerful protection including a chain of skulls. He sits on a single lotus pedestal, there are two holes in the back of the base that suggest there was once a nimbus, base is open and contents have been removed.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 89 mm x 75 mm; 4 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 15/16 in
  • Related people

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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