Mahakala holds the hide of an elephant with his upper hands, a flaying knife and a skull cup at heart level in his middle hands, a (partly broken) drum and a noose in the his lower hands. He stands on an elephant-headed deity (Ganapati) over a double-lotus base with broad petals.
His flaming hair stands straight on his head, he is adorned with jewellery and snakes, a garland of freshly severed heads, a five-skull crown with foliate panels. He wears a flowing scarf and a tiger skin dhoti.
Mahakala is portrayed with a couple of characters next to him and a tiny Vajrapani above his head on the flaming arch. He stands on two elephant-headed deities.
In his main hands he holds a flaying knife and skull cup, his upper hands hold the hide of an elephant, together with a rosary and a trident, the attributes in his lower hands (probably a noose or a vajra hook and a drum) are missing.
There is a figure riding a lion below him, at the front of the pedestal.
This similar-looking masterpiece depicts him standing on Ganapati, with the standard flaying knife and skull cup in his main hands, rosary and drum in the remaining right hands, noose in the lower left hand, but there are a couple of unusual features:
an effigy of Akshobhya on top of his hair, more often seen on older sculptures of Mahakala in his Chaturbhuja or Panjarnata form.
and a human head on a stick in his upper left hand (instead of a trident).