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Description Surrounded by a flaming aureole, Mahakala, with a slight tilt of his head, stands upright on two elephant-headed creatures, who are described as "mara." Of his six arms, those on the right hold the chopper, the three jewels against the chest, and the small hand-drum. The objects in the left hands are the trident, a noose with thunderbolt terminals, and a skull cup containing the vase of immortality, rather than the usual blood. The iconography agrees basically with that given for the form known as "mGon po yid bzhin nor bu" (see Nebesky-Wojkowitz 1956, p. 43).
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Trocadero Gallery, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, May 5, 1980, by purchase.
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Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2013

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17th-18th century
silver and gilded bronze
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H overall: 7 x W: 6 x D: 3 in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm)
  • Mongolia (Place of Origin)
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
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