Tibet, Palden Lhamo (3)

Same subject as above, at the Freer Sackler Gallery (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Densatil, Palden Lhamo, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments,  at the Freer Sackler Gallery (USA).

We have seen this form of Palden Lhamo (Tibetan form of Shri Devi) in a previous post. Usually referred to as Dorje Rabtenma, she is easy to recognise as she brandishes a sword in her right hand and holds a jewel-spitting mongoose against her left hip.

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She has the usual adornments, including a garland of severed human heads and a skull crown.

17th century, Tibet, Magzor Gyalmo, stone, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

17th century, Tibet, Magzor Gyalmo, stone, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Another form of the deiy also with one head and two hands, but holding a skull cup filled with blood in her left hand and riding her mule or kiang sideways. According to the texts, Magzor Gyalmo raises a sandalwood staff tipped with a vajra with her other hand but this one appears to hold a sword.

17th century, Tibet, Magzor Gyalmo, gilt metal, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th century, Tibet, Magzor Gyalmo, gilt metal, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

There is a sun disc over her navel and a crescent moon in her flaming hair. She wears a tiger skin loin cloth and uses the skin of her dead son as a saddle.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

On the last two images, her mule/donkey also wears a garland of severed heads.

18th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, polychrome wood, private collection, published on astamangala.com

18th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, polychrome wood, private collection, published on astamangala.com.

She usually wears a snake belt and snake jewellery.

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