Thangka painting of Mahakala - ROM2005_1593_24

ROM2005_1593_24

Thangka painting of Mahakala

Medium:Gouache on cloth
Geography: Tibet
Date: 14th - 15th century AD
Dimensions:
Ht. 181 x 165.5 cm
Object number: 921.1.216
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
Not on view
DescriptionPictured here is one of the paintings depicting the Wrathful Protector Legden, surrounded by a mandala of nearly one hundred other figures. He stands in a cloud of smoke, with his hair and beard made of flames. Around him, a rare mandala of assembled lamas (teachers), Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other fierce protectors completes the picture. In one hand Legden carries a cup made out of a human skull, while in the other, he holds a flaying knife to represent his ability to cut away ignorance. In spite of this frightful imagery, Legden represents the fierce compassion required in meditation for practitioners to reach enlightenment.
Collection:
South Asia
Browse Categories:Sacred & Ceremonial
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