Mahakala

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China; Tibet
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century
  • Type
    Sculpture
  • Materials
    Gilded metal, base painted wood.The semi-precious stones which once adorned the bracelet and other jewellery have long since disappeared
  • Measurements
    Height 45 cm
  • Creator name
    unknown
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    China; Tibet
  • Time period
    AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century
  • Creation date
    19th century
  • Function
    worship
  • Acquisition
    Sven Hedin, the famous Swedish explorer, whose early expeditions were undertaken single-handed or with just a few native companions, organised his last great expedition, between 1927 and 1935, as a major research project. His many European and Chinese assistants included Gösta Montell, who in the late 1920s was on the staff of the Ethnography Department of the Gothenburg Museum. On his travels in China as Sven Hedin’s expert adviser on purchase of “Ethnographica”, he collected large quantities of material for the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. On the instructions of Erland Nordenskiöld, his teacher, Montell also dispatched a large collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian artefacts to Gothenburg, including a number of Buddhist statues and paintings.
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