Tibet, unidentified wrathful deities

17th century, Tibet, bronze with cold gold and lacquer, red pigment, private colleciton.

17th century, Tibet, Mahakala? bronze with cold gold and lacquer, private collection.

This protector has three faces, each with three eyes, and six arms, a fat belly and large breasts. His flaming hair, covered with red pigment, is adorned with a skull crown. He  is wearing snakes in the guise of jewellery and has an animal skin knotted around his hips.  The jewellery  inlaid with turquoise and coral, and the face painted with cold gold are both Tibetan traditions. His hair style points to a late work, i.e. 17th-18th century.

Update: on the Himalayan Art Resources, this item is labelled ‘Mahakala Shadbhuja’, in which case the missing attributes would be a skull cup, a flaying knife, a rosary, a noose, a trident and a drum.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

This much earlier sculpture shows a different treatment of a similar character, more akin to the Nepalese style. The figure holds several attributes, others may be missing. He is wearing a tiger skin as a loin cloth and a snake as a sacred thread.

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