Jun 26, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 26, 2012

Door Guardian, Mahakala

Door Guardian, Mahakala

800s

Volcanic stone

Overall: 61.3 x 32.4 cm (24 1/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 1980.203

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Javanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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