Mahakala masks – paper and wood

18th-19th century, Tibet, Mahakala, papier mâché.

18th-19th century, Tibet, Mahakala, papier mâché.

18th-19th c., Tibet, Mahakala, wood, Christie's

Mahakala, with three bulging eyes, thick eyebrows and protruding fangs, adorned with a five-skull crown.

 

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2 thoughts on “Mahakala masks – paper and wood

    • Thank you for your interest.
      Yes, these masks depict a fierce Mahakala, protector of the dharma and therefore the enemy of ‘evil’. He looks much friendlier on paintings (and sometimes sculptures), especially in his ‘panjarnata’ form (see the Mahakala paintings on the very interesting Himalayan Art Resources website).

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