The wrathful Mahakala is a protector
of the Kathmandu Valley and is practiced by both the Buddhist
and Hindu religions. Well balanced with a heavy-set body, this
work is carved in wood, a common material for Newar artists.
Mahakala’s many arms hold his attributes: curved knife
and skull cup, skull garland prayer beads and lasso, double
sided drum (damaru) and tantric staff. Below, Mahakala
is supported by Ganesha positioned in an unusually severe and
visually painful splayed posture.