Mahakala Head by Mukti Singh Thapa


This stunning painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma. Mahakala is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He defends the Dharma from hostile forces and protects the individual practitioner from deception and delusion, bestowing power to overcome life's struggles. This piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its rich color palette and use of traditional iconography, while also boasting an almost 'pop art' quality.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with ground mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. For example, the brilliant blue is painted with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, while the gold ornaments, such as the crown and jewelry, are painted with rich yellow orpiment. A painting of this large size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

Mukti painted this masterpiece especially for us to use as our logo. It is therefore near and dear to our hearts and not for sale. Instead, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can enjoy this museum quality work of art. Printed in three sizes, each size is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. They are printed on thick archival paper in the same professional quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 120 cm (47 inch), 80 cm (31 inch) or 50 cm (20 inch) fine art prints you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as an artist biography.

Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!

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