This wrathful form of Padmasambhava normally rides or stands on a tiger (some sources quote a tigress to be precise) but on this unique image he stands on a lotus base on which a tiger is incised.
As usual, he has a third eye and his upper fangs bite onto his lower lips, there is a vajra sceptre in his right hand and a kila peg in the other. He wears a monastic robe and a belt of severed human heads.
This is one of several three-head six-hand forms of Hayagriva without his consort and without wings (according to the Buddhist Resource Digital Centre the garudapaksavat form has garuda wings). He stands on nagas on a Zanabazar-style lotus base with a row of stamens topped with beading. The upper right hand holds a vajra sceptre, the lower ones may have held a ritual staff and a sword, the attributes on the other side are also missing. There are three horse’s heads in his flaming hair but no garuda.
Whereas Tibetan art often depicts Mahakala with endearing facial features, Mongolian sculptures of wrathful deities have a terribly fierce aspect. This highly original work depicts the six-arm form of Mahakala with one head and three eyes, clad in a tiger skin loin cloth, holding a skull cup and a flaying knife in his main pair of hands. The remaining hands would have held a rosary of skulls, a drum, a lasso, a trident or staff.
His eyes, mouth, furled tongue and sharp teeth are painted with pigments, the eyebrows and beard are thick and curly, as on Chinese sculptures of the same period.
The hair fans upwards like large flames slightly going to one side.
The same deity with a squat body and short legs, his flaming hair swept to one side.