Tibet, Mahakala Chaturmukha

16th century, Tibet, Mahakala Chaturbhuja, copper alloy

16th century, Tibet, Mahakala Chaturmukha, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection.

This Chinese-style sculpture represents Mahakala with four faces (Chaturmukha) and four arms. The inner ones hold a skull cup and chopper, the outer ones hold a sword and a spear. He is standing over a corpse and holding a pot over one of his right arms. He is adorned with a skull crown, a garland of freshly severed heads, snake jewellery and beaded jewellery with a foliate design, and has a tiger skin loin cloth.

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with pigment

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with pigment and inlaid with stones (now missing), private collection.

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