Bhairab or Mahakala Head by Mukti Singh Thapa


This outstanding painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Bhairab or 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, painted during Thapa's black and white period from 2005 - 2007, displays his mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its precise lines, and expert use of traditional iconography.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, was painted in the traditional manner with blank ink on primed cotton canvas. There is no white pigment used, meaning that even one small slip of the brush will force the artist to destroy the entire work. Additionally, in only painting with black ink, Mukti is painting the negative space with the plain canvas taking prominence. This method takes considerable concentration, and a painting of this size and complexity will take several months to compose and complete.

The original painting is available for a special art lover. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that everyone can enjoy 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 professional quality used by top museums worldwide and looks remarkably similar to the original. With your 63 cm (25 inch) fine art print you will receive an artist biography.

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

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