Silver sculptures from ancient Tibet are very few and this one is particularly special because it represents a rare form (in sculpture) of Mahakala depicted as a brahmin, with a long moustache and thin beard, his hair gathered in a chignon and adorned with bone ornaments. He holds a skull cup in his left hand and a flaying knife in the other. He is adorned with turquoise-inlaid floral earrings, a tiara with skulls, ritual staffs on each side of his head, bone jewellery, a garland of freshly severed heads.
There is a human thigh bone across his chignon.
Seated on a Pala-style double-lotus base, adorned with a Chinese-style cross-belt, a garland of severed heads, beaded jewellery, a skull cup with festoons, his scarf forming an arch behind his head,
he holds a flute made from a thigh bone in his right hand and a skull cup in the other.
There is a human corpse under him.
On this image he sits (on a victim) over a rocky formation.