18th century, Tibet, Shri Devi, bronze and red lacquer, private collection, photo on pba.
Shri Devi (Palden Lhamo in Tibet) refers to various female entities. Magzor Gyalmo has two hands in which she holds a vajra-tipped sandalwood staff (missing here) and a skull cup filled with blood, magic substances and a mustard seed. She rides across a sea of blood in which body parts are floating, seated sideways on her kiang, using the flayed skin of her dead son as a saddle. She has a third eye, chews a miniature corpse and wears a skull crown, a garland of severed heads and bone ornaments.
18th century, Tibet, Shri Devi, gilt bronze (and red pigment), private collection, photo on Duke’s.
Two distinctive features are a sun disc over her navel and a crescent moon in her headdress.
Like the four-armed Palden Lhamo, she usually carries a bag of disease, red curses, a pair of dice at the front of her saddle and a ball of variegated wool at the back.
18th century, Tibet, Palden Lhamo, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Californian Asian Art.
We saw a Densatil plaque with a similar iconography. The deity sits on a prostrate mount, wielding a sword and holding a jewel-spitting mongoose in her main hands, like Dorje Rabtenma, who normally has two hands only. In her other hands she holds a tally-stick and a branch with a flower.
On this late example the lower right hand holds a kila peg.