Repoussé Newari Mahakala Bhairava Mask 7"
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Repoussé Newari Mahakala Bhairava Mask 7" Item #3n20

Materials: Repoussé Copper Alloy inlaid with Coral, Turquoise & Yak Bone

Origin: Hand Made in Nepal

Tibetan Name: 'Jigs byed

Height: 7 inches, 17.78 cm

Width: 7 inches, 17.78 cm

Depth: 3 inches, 7.62 cm

Weight: 1 pounds

Price: $1490

Sale Price: $1341


"The repoussé work on this mask is absolutely exquisite! There were two of them made by the same artist and I kept one for myself!"
Brenda, Dharma Sculpture

This hand made Nepalese Mahakala Bhairava mask is made of copper, coral, turquoise and yak bone. It is said that the ferocious face of the mask will drive away all forces of evil. You will typically see masks such as this one hanging in the entrances of Buddhist temples as an apotropaic symbol to ward off evil spirits or bad luck.

This mask of the ferocious Hindu god Bhairava was created by Newari artists in Nepal. Bhairava is a popular divinity in the Newar community. Bhairava is the wrathful aspect of Shiva, the warrior king of the gods. To a devotee, he is the master and creator of the universe, the Supreme Being (Ishvara) who protects from all dangers in this and future lives.

Bhairava has three bulging eyes, the third eye being the divine eye of Shiva that can project a beam of energy to incinerate enemies. Indeed Newari tradition incorporates many Buddhist elements, and combines them with Hindu religious elements. Bhairava is sometimes described as a Hindu analogue of the Buddhist deity Mahakala. However, the worship of Bhairava often involves animal sacrifice, which is abhorrent to Buddhist culture.

Buddhism also adopted Bhairava as a deity and a dharmapala or dharma protector. The various buddhist forms of Bhairava (variously called Herukas, Vajrabhairava, Mahakala and Yamantaka) are considered fierce deities and yidams (tantric meditational deities) in Tibetan Buddhism. They also have their own set of buddhist tantras. The tantric practices associated with Bhairava focus on the transformation of anger and hatred into understanding.

This hanging mask was made using a process called repoussé, the process of ornamenting metallic surfaces with designs in relief hammered out from the back by hand. It was hand crafted by the very talented artists of the beautiful Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

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