A gilt copper alloy figure of Shadbhuja Mahakala, Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 銅鎏金大力王紅瑪哈嘎啦像
A gilt copper alloy figure of Shadbhuja Mahakala
Qing dynasty, 18th century
the six-armed deity standing on an elephant-headed prostrate figure on a lotus base, the principal arms raised at the chest holding a kartrika and a kapala, with the secondary and tertiary hands holding various attributes including a mala and damaru, wearing a flayed elephant skin on his back, a tiger skin around his waist and a garland of skulls around the belly, the fierce face with bared fangs and bulging eyes, the head surmounted by flaming hair and a crown of skulls inset with coral and turquoise
Height 8 in., 20.3 cm
In good overall condition for an object of this type and age. Semi-precious jewels remain mostly intact along the arm bands, necklaces and crown though a few are now missing. Gilding along the face and body where skin is exposed is almost entirely worn away, these areas showing evidence of the application of cold gold. Red polychromy visible along the hair, the lips and mouth, the inside of the tiger and elephant skins, the blood inside the skullcup, details of the faces on the garland, and details of the trident. Green polychromy visible in the snake in the hair. Black, green and white polychromy evident along the garland with faces. The damaru not affixed to sculpture. The deity leans forward from the base which could be readjusted. The base cast separately from the deity and sealed with consecrated material.
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Collection of Dr. Allen O. Battle, Ph.D (1927-2020).
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