MediumInk, pigments, gilding on sized cloth with silver frame
DimensionsImage : 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.35 x 5.4 cm)
Frame : 3 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in. (7.62 x 5.72 x 1.27 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
This image of Mahakala is highly animated and was painted using subtly modulated shading techniques that effectively convey a sense of three-dimensional volume. Small paintings of Mahakala like these were traditionally used by Mongolian Buddhist monks and lay believers as talismans for protection, and as focal points for meditation and visualization exercises.