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Attributes of the six-handed Mahākāla in a "rgyan tshogs" banner. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.

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Description

In the centre there is a red pagoda-like structure. Below, on the left and right, are two offering cakes (gtor-ma), each based on three skulls. There are two more offering cakes and black lions with red manes, tongues hanging out and teeth showing. Suspended underneath are the skins of an elephant and of a white lion on a line formed of snakes. Also shown are a ram, a bull, an antelope, a sword, a flag, a fly whisk, and an arrow along with an elaborate contraption with two wheels and eight two-pronged sticks (mostly from Winder, loc. cit.)

Publication/Creation

[Tibet]

Physical description

1 painting : distemper on linen ; distemper 53 x 37 cm

Publications note

Marianne Winder, Catalogue of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs, and catalogue of thankas, banners and other paintings and drawings in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London 1989, p. 101, thankas banners and paintings no. 44

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 47088i



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