Mahakala with one head and three eyes, two arms arms and two legs, is standing over a corpse on a Yongle-style double-lotus base. He is adorned with a five-skull crown, a garland of 50 freshly severed heads, jewellery, a celestial scarf that forms graceful loops at elbow level, he holds a skull cup and a vajra-handled flaying knife at heart level.
His flaming hair is painted with orange pigment, his eyes are made of rock crystal, his jewellery is inlaid with coloured glass.
This rare sculpture depicts Mahakala in a sitting position (the base is missing but he was probably resting on a victim), holding his usual attributes, adorned with a five-skull crown with foliate panels inlaid with stones, bows and ribbons, a garland of severed heads, a snake as a sacred cord. He wears a bone apron, a cross belt and a scarf ending with raining jewels (next to his ankles).
On this example we can see the knotted snake acting as a sacred cord, and the paws of the tiger skin loin cloth dangling below. His eyes are inlaid with silver.
Here the artist has adorned him with ribbons around his hips.
In all cases, the squatting (or sitting) position and the attributes he hold is what identifies the panjarnata form of this deity.
On this later Chinese-style work he sits on a screaming victim.