Tibet, a fine Mahakala sculpture

15th century circa, Tibet, Mahakala, brass with silver inlaid eyes, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

15th century circa, Tibet, Mahakala, brass with silver inlaid eyes, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

This is a high quality craftsmanship brass sculpture of Mahakala, with one head, three eyes, bared fangs and curly eyebrows, a flat flowing scarf forming an arch behind him, standing on a corpse, on a single-lotus base with scrolled petals, adorned with a skull crown, a garland of freshly severed heads, snakes, a tiger skin loin cloth, and holding a skull cup and chopper against his heart. The loops of his scarf at elbow level reveal a Chinese influence, whereas the use of brass with silver inlay for the eyes is a Kashmiri tradition.

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