Door Guardian, Mahakala

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The crossed chest ornament, called a "channavira" in Sanskrit, denotes power and valor.


The natural stance of this richly adorned figure indicates that he served as an attendant: the face turns to his right, while his midsection turns to the left, and the weight is on his right leg. A plain ovoid halo indicates that he is divine. The broken right hand may have held an implement or weapon that would aid in a more precise identification.
Door Guardian, Mahakala

Door Guardian, Mahakala


Indonesia, Central Java, Chandi Suko, 9th century

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