A long garland of fifty skulls extends down her neck, reaching down to the ankles. Each represents one of the fifty alphabets of the Sanskrit language. She has decorated her forehead with the Shaivite mark of three horizontal lines, at the centre of which can be seen her third vertical eye. Her brows are thick and arched and the lips colored a rich red. On the ears hang large kundalas. In addition to regular ornaments, serpents serve as armlets, bracelets and waistbands.
The four arms of the goddess each bear a different implement. While the right hands brandish a sharp and long sword along with a pair of scissors, the upper left holds a full-blown pink lotus, in the stem of which can be seen entwined a venomous serpent. The blooming flower signifies the devi's own auspicious loveliness. Finally the fourth hand supports a bowl full of blood. Here it is relevant to observe that the pliers in her hand identify the goddess as Tara, a form of Kali, who typically holds this instrument in her hands.
The artist Harikrishen has deliberately left the background dark and sombre, adding to the funereal effect of the composition.