18th-19th century, painted raised gesso on wood, private collection.
A torgam is a sort of cupboard used to keep offerings to wrathful deities made of butter and flour called tormas. The doors above depict Mahakala, some cups made of human skulls resting on three skulls, containing tormas and other offerings (see below).
19th century, same as before.
The above skull cups both contain offerings related to the five senses (eyes, ears, heart, nose, tongue).
19th century, painted wood, private collection.
Cham dance mask, painted cloth maché, Tibet. Published by Peaceful Wind on asianart.com
Tibet, Mahakala, painted cloth maché. Same as before.
The technique is the same as papier maché but instead of making a pulp with soaked paper the artist uses bits of cloth.
18th-19th century, Tibet, Mahakala, papier mâché.
Mahakala, with three bulging eyes, thick eyebrows and protruding fangs, adorned with a five-skull crown.
17th century, Tibet, Mahakala, gilt copper repoussé and pigment.
Mahakala with three bulging eyes, thick eyebrows, protruded fangs and raised flaming hair instead of a skull crown.
Late 19th century, Tibet, Mahakala, painted wood.
19th century, Tibet, ritual dance apron, leather and fabric appliqué over blue textile. Photo by Christie’s.
With Mahakala’s face at the centre, skulls and vajras around.
16th-17th century, Tibet, bronze, with wrathful god Mahakala
16-17e siècle, Tibet, bronze, avec le dieu courroucé Mahakala