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Attributes of Mahākāla in a "rgyan tshogs" banner. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.

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The skull bowl and chopper indicate that this is the banner of the Buddhist deity Mahākāla. There is also a vase and a second skull bowl with eyes protruding from it and also elephant skins which are an attribute of Mahākāla. Also included are flayed human skins indicating the austerities undertaken by ascetics; horses, lions, goats, sheep and birds, presumably of some symbolic import. They may also figure in stories by Tibetans about Mahākāla

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[Tibet]

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1 painting : distemper on linen ; distemper 45 x 28.5 cm



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Attributes of Mahākāla in a "rgyan tshogs" banner. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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