Two Armed Tibetan Buddhist Mahakala
Mahakala in Buddhism is known as a Dharmapala (wrathful god) and a protector-deity. He is depicted in various forms such as a four-armed god (who protects Drikung Kagyu) or a two-armed, big-mouthed one of Karma Kagyu. But in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Mahakala is revered as a guardian and deity. The two-armed is depicted in this thangka. Mahakala is the wrathful form of Chenresig, the Bodhisattva of compassion. A Buddha also appears on top of the aura.
In this depiction, his skin is color blue which symbolizes the eternal Dharmakaya. He is dressed in an opulent robe, a cloak called mantrika (fit for a warlock). He also dons a necklace of heads. His three eyes are symbols of seeing the past, present, and future. He also wears a crown with five skulls that represent the five negativities of anger, ignorance, desire, jealousy, and pride. Meanwhile, the flame elements on his crown and aura represent his power to transmute the five negative affinities into five wisdoms. On his right hand is the Kartika or ritual knife that cuts attachment, while on his left hand is the Kapila or skull cap with blood that stands for the subjugation of evil. Meanwhile, his feet step on Binayaka (destruction of great obstacle). Mahakala sits on a multicolored throne and a sun-disk (which symbolizes illumination from dark ignorance).
TIBETAN THANGKA PAINTING
SIZE OF PAINTED SURFACE - 14.5 INCH X 18.5 INCH
SIZE WITH BROCADE 26.5 INCH X 42 INCH