Banepa Mahakala Head by Mukti Singh Thapa


This outstanding painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma. It is inspired by the famed Mahakala, or Bhairab, of Chandeshwori temple in Banepa, Nepal. Banepa is a charming historical town located about twenty-five kilometres east of Kathmandu. Mukti painted this work in 1989 from mineral pigments and it is part of his 'Early Collection.'

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 stunning piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its rich color palette and use of traditional iconography.

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

The original 79 cm (31 inch) painting is available for a special collection. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 68 cm (27 inch) fine art print you will receive an authentication card, numbered 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!

If you are interested in the stunning original painting, please email Please note that the listed price ($999,999) on the website is just a placeholder. We will share the price on request as well as more information about this fabulous painting.

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