thangka of Mahakala

Tibet or Western Nepal (Dolpo), 16th cent.
size: 77 x 65 cm.

This thangka belongs to a larger series of Nyingma blackground-thangkas of various manifestations of Mahakala. Two of these are in the Musée Guimet in Paris (ex coll. Lionel Fournier), one in the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, and two in the Basel Ethnographical Museum (ex. coll. G.W. Essen).

P.Pal, Tibetan Paintings, Basel (Ravi Kumar), 1984, pl. 53-54, p. 214.
Gilles Béguin, Art ésothérique de l’Himalaya, Catalogue de la Donation Lionel Fournier,  Paris 1992, p. 86-88, nr. 42-43.
G.-W. Essen and T.T.Thingo, Die Götter des Himalaya, Buddhistische Kunst Tibets, München 1989, vol. I, p. 206-207 (nr. I-126); VOL ii, P. 178-179 (NR. ii-374-375).


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