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Tibet: Treasures From the Roof of the World

Four-armed Mahakala
Tibet, 12th 13th Century
Four-armed Mahakala

Tibet Museum
Photo Courtesy of Bowers Museum


One of the earliest and most important works in the exhibition, this 12th or 13th century sculpture presents Mahakala, a protector deity worshipped by all Tibetan sects. Wearing a five-skull crown, he has three eyes wide open in wrathful expression, and his hair stands on end. The orange color of his hair and moustache refers to his function as a wrathful deity, one called upon to protect and defend.

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