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Early 20th C.Tibetan Old Mahakala Hand Painted Drum. The brass fittings seem to make this early 20th C, perhaps older. When was it painted? Looks good...

Mahakala is a Dharmapala,a protector of religious law. He is always depicted as an extremely fierce and terrifying deity. His purpose is to help in over coming negative obstacles on the path to enlightenment. A compassionate wrathful deity, he appears evil, like a demon, but functions more like a guardian angel.