Unknown17th century AD - 17th century AD

Museo d'Arte Orientale

Museo d'Arte Orientale
Torino, Italy

The form of Mahākāla depicted here, with one head and two arms, is probably that of mGon-po gri-gug dpa’-gcig, which should be holding karttṛkā and kapāla in his hands, but in this instance the ritual axe has been replaced by a pestle.
He is leaning to the right in the pratyālīḍha stance, his loins are girt with a tiger skin and he wears a garland of skulls. A crown of five skulls surrounds his flaming hair and a long scarf passes behind his head and falls to the ground on either side. He has a third eye in the centre of his forehead and his mouth is open in a terrifying scream.


  • Title: Mahākāla
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 17th century AD - 17th century AD
  • Subjects: Statuina di Mahākāla
  • Physical Dimensions: w14 x h17.6 cm
  • Origins: Tibet
  • Objects: Scultura
  • Provenance: Regione Piemonte
  • Type: Sculptures
  • Rights: All Rights Reserved - MAO Museo d'Arte Orientale, Turin
  • Medium: Casting in bronze, gold and red pigment

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