Chaturbhuja Mahakala – The "Four-armed Great Black One"
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ABS 341

 Code: ABS 341

  Country: Tibet

  Style:

  Date: 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.8 x 6.3 x 2

  Materials: Bronze

Chaturbhuja Mahakala – The "Four-armed Great Black One"

Corpulent and menacing, the protector Mahakala is sitting on the recumbent body of a defeated enemy. The first pair of hands hold a heart and a skull cup, while he wields a sword and a trident with the second pair of hands. His face bears the expression of awakened wrath: his mouth is wide open, his eyes are bulging and his hair is standing on end. His naked body is clad only in a loincloth of tiger skin. He wears the bone ornaments of the charnel grounds. As a dynamic manifestation of compassion, this protector defends the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist practitioners against all kinds of external and internal obstacles.