Religious Figure / Mahakala
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.