Mahakala Chaturbhuja (‘with four arms’) holds a skull cup and a flaying knife in his main hands at heart level, a sword and a trident in the others. He is adorned with wrathful ornaments (five-skull crown, garland of 50 freshly severed heads, tiger skin dhoti, bone and snake jewellery and snake sacred cord) and a celestial scarf that forms an arch behind him (a fashion that became particularly popular during the 13th and 14th century in Tibet). His eyes are inlaid with silver.
Seated on a victim, over a Yongle-style single-lotus base with the petals going downwards and two rows of beading, Mahakala wears a Chinese-style cross belt and celestial scarf forming loops around his elbows. He is adorned with floral earrings, a crown with skulls and floral panels, snake jewellery. His fierce expression is enhanced with cold gold and pigments, his flaming hair is fastened into a bunch and topped with a half vajra.
We see him here seated on cushion over a throne.
On this masterpiece, Mahakala has silver-inlaid eyes, copper inlaid lips and gilt facial hair. He brandishes a flaming sword and a (broken) trident.
The head of the tiger skin used as a loin cloth rests over his right knee, the tail of the animal covers the other knee. Mahakala is seated on a victim.