Standing Mahakala by Mukti Singh Thapa


This dazzling painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma. It is part of Mukti's 'Early Collection' and was completed in 1988. As with all of the artist's work, it is painted in the traditional manner with mineral pigments on cotton canvas. The stunning blue is painted with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and the crown and jewelry are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold.

Mahakala is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokitesvara, 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 intricate design, precise lines and use of traditional iconography.

The original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, painting is available for the insightful collector. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you 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.

With your 80 cm (31.5 inch) fine art print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as 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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