17th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
In her most common form Shri Devi (Palden Lhamo in Tibet) rides a mule or a kiang sideways, using the corpse of her dead son as a saddle (we can see his head hanging down).
The above has a figure between her fangs.
She has flaming hair and wears a five-skull crown. Her main attendants are Makaravaktra (the makara-headed deity who leads her kiang) and Simhavaktra (lion-headed deity).
She travels across a sea of blood.
She is often adorned with snakes around her neck and in her hair, in this case large cobra snakes are wound around her forearms. Her mount is also adorned with snakes.
She has five magical weapons: a pair of divination dice threaded onto a snake that hangs from her saddle, a bundle of red curses, a demon cross-stick or tally-stick, a ball of variegated thread (hanging from the rear of her saddle) and a bag of diseases (see below).
The bag of diseases is derived from an early weapon consisting in a skin bag filled with organic remains from people who had died of a contagious disease. This was thrown into the water supply of a besieged city to poison it.