Distemper on cloth. Well painted with the green-skinned six-armed Mahakala striding atop a lotus base, a blood-filled skullcup with skulls and severed heads before him, flanked by a red and a black Mahakala, holding a kapala and kartrika in his main hands, his other four hands radiating around him, wearing a tiger skin, billowing scarves, and ornate jewelry, the face with a wrathful expression, the hair secured by a skull tiara, surrounded by a flaming mandorla, the upper margin with a white and a yellow Mahakala.
Provenance: Acquired by the father of the present owners around 1970 and thence by descent.
Condition: Good condition with some wear, creasing, abrasions, minor losses, possibly minor touchups.
Dimensions: Size 150 x 119 cm
The Green Mahakala is a rare form of Mahakala and belongs to the Shangpa Kagyu, the “secret lineage” of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Auction result comparison:
Auction: Sotheby’s London, 7 November 2018, lot 67
Price: GBP 20,000 or approx. EUR 27,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A thangka depicting Mahakala, Tibet, 18th century
尺寸：150 x 119 厘米
價格：GBP 20,000（相當於今日EUR 27,000）
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