It captures to spine-chilling perfection the frightening demeanour of the cross-cultural deity. His skin is adorned with the ashes of the cremation grounds. A wild, bloodthirsty gaze characterises the eyes. He bares His teeth at the onlooker, the twin fangs on either side of the jaws making a picture of the doom that adharma deserves. For a moustache He has the slithering bodies of two snakes sculpted on His upper lip.
It is not just iconographical perfection that makes this a must-have for the Lord Mahakala devotee. Dual rows of serpents with their hoods raised constitute the crown of Mahakala. It is a complex work, a sharp pointed spire punctuating the snakes that seem to be as fierce as the deity whose head they are sitting on. This could be a powerful visualisation aid for highly advanced sadhana or a remarkable item of home decor.