Lot 5077: A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAHAKALA
December 10, 2016
El Monte, CA, USALive Auction
Description: Shown standing on top of an elephant-headed prostrate figure on a oval double lotus throne, the bodhisattva holds a chopper on right primary hand, the remaining hands holding various attributes; his body adorned with beaded jewllery, a cord around waist hung with skulls, and a tiger skin skirt. His face is shown with ferocious expression with three painted bulging eyes, open mouth, and flame-like eyebrow. His head surmounted by skull tiara, the hair rising in flames. Qing Dynasty period.
Notes: Please refer to a similar gilt-bronze figure of mahakala, sold in Sotheby's London on November 7, 2007, Lot 299.
Provenance: Private collection, Boston.
Dimensions: Height: 10 1/8 in (25.7 cm) Width: 6 3/4 in (17.1 cm)