In two pieces, an exceptionally impressive composition of the Krodha resp. protective deity Mahakala, belonging to the group of Eight Dharmapala, "Defenders of the (buddh.) Tradition". In this perfectly and artistically crafted bronze, Mahakala stands in tantric stride on the reclining figure of the Indian god of wisdom, Ganesha, with an elephant head. So Mahakala shows that he – himself a defender of wisdom – has the upper hand. Mahakala is six-armed (sadbhuja), in the main hands holding skull and cleaver. In one, prayer beads of skulls, in the other the leg skin of an elephant. The middle hands display the gesture to ward off demons. Very expressively strong face, fangs and third eye, crown of the head and wild flaming hair. Skulls also around the apron. Lotus base and closure showing vishvavajra. A meaningful sculpture of high quality.
From an old German private collection