A gilt copper alloy figure of Chaturbhuja Mahakala
Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
Cast with four hands Mahakala glares ferociously with four heads each with three large round eyes, bared fangs and orange hair flowing upward encircling. The primary hands hold a ritual chopper and a skullcup brimming with nectar, the upper hands hold a sword and in the left a katvanga staff (now missing), adorned with a tiara of skulls, bone and jewel ornaments, garlands of heads and green silk scarves, and he wears a tiger skin as a lower garment standing in alidhasana on a prostrate figure and lotus platform.
10 in. high