This form of Mahakala has one face (with three eyes and bared fangs), 2 hands (holding a skull cup and flaying knife against his heart, and a flat stick resting across his arms) and two legs (standing on a corpse). He wears a skull crown, a garland of severed heads, snakes as jewellery, a tiger skin loin cloth, and has flaming hair and staring eyes. Mahakala Panjarnata (Lord of the Pavilion) is particular popular in Mongolia where he is regarded as a protector of the tent.
The beaded belt and the elegant loops of the flowing scarf on this sculpture show the influence of Chinese artists, the style of the lotus base and the facial features are Tibetan.
Despite the absence of gilding and the archaic treatment of the faces, there are some features such as the scallop-shape flaming hair, the style of the skull crown, the garland of heads and the lotus base that correspond to a more recent period of Tibetan sculpture, i.e.17th-18th century.