Tibet, Palden Lhamo (2)

15th century, Tibet, from Densatil Monastery, Palden Lha-mo, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, published by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, from Densatil Monastery, labelled Palden Lhamo, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, published by Christie’s.

Palden Lhamo, the Tibetan form of Indian goddess Sri Devi, is the only female dharmapala (proctector of the faith) and the main protectress of Tibet, and patron saint of Lhasa. She has one head with three eyes, two hands (sometimes four), usually holding a flaming sword and a skull cup or bag of disease, and two legs. She rides a mule or a wild donkey and sits on her dead son’s hide. She wears a garland of freshly severed heads and a tiger skin around her waist. In her Dorje Rabtenma form, she holds a flaming sword and a mongoose that spits jewels, as the above figure, who is adorned with a beaded belt, stone-inlaid jewellery and a matching crown with a sun disc and moon crescent on top of the central panel.

16th century, Tibet, Sri Devi or Palden Lhamo, gilt c.a., at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Sri Devi, gilt copper inlaid with stones, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

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