A painting of Mahakala Brahmanarupa – earliest listed source, 1990s

This “unique” seventeenth-century painting of Mahakala Brahmanarupa from Tibet can only be traced back to an art exhibition in Germany on the 9th of May 1996 (or to the Zimmerman Family Collection “by the 1990s”). As it was described when it surfaced on the market (and included in Christie’s catalogue), it was “the finest and largest thangka yet to surface of Brahmanarupa”.

Its auction estimate is $400,000-$600,000.

An important black ground painting of Mahakala Brahmanarupa. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 201, Sale 12168, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

An important black ground painting of Mahakala Brahmanarupa. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 201, Sale 12168, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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