Lot 40: A Thangka depicting Mahakala Mongolia(?), late 19th Century

Florence Number Nine

April 5, 2014
Florence, Italy

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Thangka portraying Dharmapāla Mahākāla, with the characteristic blue skin and irate face. Portrayed here in the six-arm version with his classical attributes, that include the ḍamaru ritual drum, the pāśa lace, the rosary and trident, with his central hands holding the kapāla and the karika. He has the skin of Gaṇapati tied behind his shoulders that at the same time is flattened under Dharmapāla legs the pratyālīḍha posture. Another five figures are portrayed around the central figure, including Padmasambhava in the top and in the four corners of the painting are the four Yakṣa: Takkirāja, Kṣetrapāla, Jinamitra and Takṣad-Mahākāla. The composition is framed in the central lower area by a kapāla full of savage offerings.

Measurements with frame: length 54 cm, height 93 cm

lxh 34 x 47 cm
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