Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala
Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala
Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala
Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala
Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala

Sutra Wrapper with Six-Armed Mahakala


Artist
Tibetan (Tibetan)
Date
18th-19th century
Medium
Ink, color on silk gauze
Dimensions
Image : 45 x 14 1/2 in. (1.1 m x 36.83 cm)
Mat : 60 x 22 in. (1.5 m x 55.88 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.425

Label

This thin silk cloth may originally have been used to wrap a Buddhist sutra, or holy text, to keep it clean and provide it with extra spiritual protection. The central image on the cloth is the familiar six-armed form of Mahakala. The ground below Mahakala is strewn with offerings that include one skull cup filled with human sense organs, another skull cup containing a jar of ambrosia, two skull cups filled with blood, a cluster of symbolic jewels, multiple ritual weapons, and a herd of yaks and goats that are protected by a guard dog wearing a spiked collar.

 

 


Object Type
Painting