About this object

A Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Mahakala in union with Prajna, his consort. Mahakala and Prajna stand and lunge to the right. In his first pair of hands he holds a skull bowl filled with blood of the ego and a chopping knife at heart level. The items in his other pair of hands are broken off and are unidentifiable. Above his natural eyes and bushy eyebrows is a third veritical eye. His snarling 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. His consort Prajna faces him, with the expression of a protector, she also has the third eye, flame-like hair and a crown of skulls. She also wears the ornaments of powerful protection. In her first pair of hands she holds a dorje and a skull bowl containing the blood of ego. She isn't holding attributes in her other four hands. They stand on a single lotus upward-facing pedestal.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Metal Gilt; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    V B Holland
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    115 mm x 65 cm x 60 mm; 4 1/2 in x 25 9/16 in x 2 3/8 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); V B Holland ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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