Black Mahakala Guardian Deity 11601

Middle Hills, Nepal
Wood, traces of pigment
18th/19th Century
12 in/30.5 cm 

An important mask of a classical subject,Mahakala is a Dharmapala "protector of the Buddhist Faith" while also being a manifestation of Shiva. This mask is noteworthy for having an astonishingly deep patina and the back of the mask being exceptionally compelling as well.