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Mahakala mandala
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1000: Mahakala mandala

Mahakala is a Bodhisattva, one of the personages of Buddha, with a wrathful side to his characters. He appears in both lower corners of the picture here, trampling on an outstretched lady. Hmm, well, it's often difficult to tell the boys from the girls in these pictures, but in contrast to this violence, the top centre vignette fairly clearly shows a couple embracing. (The exact configuration is difficult to determine, since characters frequently have four, six, or more arms.)

Detail shows the embrace (top centre).

Detail

Essay on Mahakala by Tom Suchan and Chaya Chandrasekhar - describes him as "characteristically depicted with an angry face, pot-bellied, and standing on a human corpse or the elephant-headed, Hindu god, Ganesha"

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11009 (11-009 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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