Mahakala is the more esoteric aspect of the Black Mahakala, an emanation of Lord
Shiva and a protector of the dharma. Kala means time and Mahakala refers to that
which absorbs all things. Mahakala is prominent in Tibetan Buddhism and is also
considered an emanation of Avolokiteshvara but in the form of wrathful beneficent
compassion. This antique parcel, gilt-silver bronze statue is a magnificent depiction
of the two-armed Mahakala called Bernakchen. He is bestowed with a regal headdress
rendered in fine detail that arches upward from his seemingly ferocious face.
His all-seeing third eye is highly pronounced. His teeth are nearly fang-like,
his eyebrows and beard dominate as his penetrating gaze dissolves fear and hesitation.
Mahakala’s belly is full, prosperous and protruding.
loosely worn robe embellished with finely detailed borders blows in the torrents
of energy. In his left hand he holds a vase filled with the nectar of immortality.
In his right precious jewels and at his feet is a conch suspended on a vase. This
gilded silver and gold bronze statue emanates power, insight and energy. (SD)