Lords of the Cemetery
MediumWood, papier maché, pigments
DimensionsWork : 27 9/16 x 21 x 10 3/4 in. (70 x 53.3 x 27.3 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection, Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelThe Lords of the Cemetery (Shmashana Adhipati) take the form of two dancing skeletons, one male and one female. The male skeleton brandishes a bone club and holds a skull cup brimming with blood. The female skeleton holds a stalk of grain and a magic vase. The Lords of the Cemetery were traditionally invoked in various tantric rituals to protect against criminals and to bring material gain.