Mahakala Shadbhuja (‘with six arms’) usually has one head (with three eyes) and 2 legs, standing on Ganapati. He is often adorned with wrathful ornaments and holds various implements. The above brandishes a sword in his top right hand, he holds a flower (or a round object decorated with a flower) in the other, his main hands crossed over his heart.
Part of his facial features and ornaments are inlaid with silver and copper.
On this Chinese-style sculpture, Mahakala wears an unusual apron and a celestial scarf that forms big loops on each side of his head and under his elbows. He holds a skull cup and a flaying knife in his main hands. His facial features are harsh and his fingers, the leaves of his crown and other details have a sharply pointed end.
The ends of the scarf have a serpentine shape typical of Chinese Buddhist art.
This six-arm form depicts White Mahakala, hence the use of silver (on paintings, his body is white). He stands on two elephant-headed deities.
His soft face is painted with cold gold, and his hair, beard and moustache with orange pigment. He holds a skull cup and a flaying knife in his main hands. He is adorned with princely jewellery (rather than snakes) and wears an ample skirt-like lower garment (instead of a tiger skin dhoti) with a beaded belt over it. He has soft rounded arms and toes and a smooth round belly. Even his chignon is round and smooth. White Mahakala normally holds a flaying knife in his top right hand and a skull cup in the lower left hand, his other right hands hold a wish-granting jewel and a drum, the left hands hold a vajra hook and a trident. The above holds the flaying knife and skull cup in his lower hands.