Tibet, Mahakala- Shadbhuja (6)

15th century, Tibet, Mahakala Shadbhuja with consort, copper alloy on a copper stand, private collection, published by Bonhams.

15th century circa, Tibet, Shadbhuja Mahakala with consort, copper alloy on a copper stand, private collection, published by Bonhams.

This is a rare image of the deity, in his 6-arm form (shadbhuja), with three heads, four legs (instead of six), embracing his consort.

15th c., Tibet, Mahakala Shadbhuja+consort, bronze+cop. stand, close up

He holds the hide of an elephant, a skull cup, a drum, a vajra and bell, and probably a noose, she holds a flaying knife and a skull cup.

15th c., Tibet, Mahakala Shadbhuja+consort, lotus base

They stand on two prostrate figures over a Yongle-style single-lotus base with beading.

15th c., Tibet, Mahakala Shadbhuja+consort, c.a.+cop., 3 heads, elephant hide, skull cups, vajra+bell, kneeling women, 2 prostrate demons, dhotis

She wears a leopard skin dhoti and a bone apron with raining-jewel pendants. He wears a tiger skin loin cloth.

15th c., Tibet, Mahakala Shadbhuja+consort, c.a.+cop., 3 heads, elephant hide, skull cups, vajra+bell, kneeling women, 2 prostrate demons, kneeling figure

There are two kneeling ladies at his feet (the above is partly hidden by the garland of severed heads).

17th century, Tibet, Mahakala, gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum.

17th century, Tibet, Mahakala, gilt copper, at the British Museum (UK).

This sculpture depicts him standing on Ganapati (who holds a cup), a vajra-handled flaying knife and a skull cup in his main hands, the hide of an elephant in the upper ones, a noose and a round object in the others. There is a half vajra at the centre of his five-skull crown, which is adorned with large bows and elegant matching ribbons.

 

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