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18th Century Tibetan Silver Mahakala

18th Century Tibetan Silver Mahakala

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1800: Item # 1376673
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Antique Tibetan silver statue of the Tibetan Vajra Buddhist fierce deity Mahakala. He stands on top of two bodies atop a lotus pedestal, wielding two important symbols of Tibetan Buddhism: A dorje and a bell. He wears the skin of a tiger around his waist, a crown of five skulls to represent the Five Poisons- anger, desire, ignorance, jealousy, and pride- transformed into Five Wisdoms. A snake wraps itself around Mahakala's neck and arms. The copper base of the lotus pedestal is embossed with a four-point dorje.

18th Century or older

Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 3" H