This Mahakala Buddha thangka was hand-painted in Nepal by a master thangka artist. This thangka is 30 inches long and 21 inches wide inside the brocade, and the painting alone is 14 inches long and 11 inches wide. This thangka features the Mahakala Buddha. Mahakala is a fearsome deity. On his head is a crown of skulls, he holds a skull in one hand, and a dagger in the other hand, and he is often shown standing on a corpse. However, Mahakala is an emanation of Avalokitshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion, and the knife in his hands represents cutting through negative problems. The Mahakala on this thangka has two arms. Mahakala is a Dharma protector, and the name Mahakala is also another name for Shiva in Hinduism, and he is also another deity in Hinduism. Mahakala is always black in color or sometimes purple on thangkas, and in statue form you can pick him out by the crown of skulls.