About this object

Bronze statue of Mahakala. He stands in the pratyalidha position (lunging to the right), the elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha kneels in front of him. He has eight arms and attributes, his first pair of hands holds a skull cup and his other six pairs hold a sword, shield, ankus, trident, axe. Behind him is a elaborate floral nimbus. He wears the five-skull crown and protective ornaments of a protector. He has four fangs and above his natural eyes and bushy eyebrows has a three eye.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal
  • Date made
    15th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Metal Gilt
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    270 mm x 200 mm x 70 mm; 10 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 2 3/4 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( 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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