A gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo Sotheby’s
cast standing atop Vinayaka, holding a chopper and skull cup in the primary hands, a drum and lasso in two of the others, wearing a bone girdle, jewelry, and garland of severed heads, the ferocious face with bared fangs and three eyes, beneath the tall chignon adorned with a snake and encircled by a crown, all supported on a lotus plinth (2). Height 15 3/8 in., 39 cm. Estimation 80,000 — 120,000 USD
Mahakala is a protector of Buddha’s teachings and is the wrathful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 12857.
Sotheby’s. Images of Enlightenment: Devotional Works of Art and Paintings, New York | 17 sept. 2014, 10:00 AM