Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shri Devi (Buddhist Protector) - Magzor Gyalmo

དཔལ་ལྡན་ལྷ་མོ། 吉祥天母(佛教护法)
(item no. 90406)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Uncertain
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Lostand Foundation
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Female

TBRC: W19221

Interpretation / Description

Magzor Gyalmo, Shri Devi (English: Queen of the Weapon Army, Glorious Goddess): the younger sister and attendant to Mahakali Shri Devi (Tibetan: pal den lha mo) and the wrathful form of the goddess Sarasvati.

Tibetan: Magzor Gyalmo

Frightful in appearance, blue-black in colour, she has one face and two hands holding a skull mounted stick in the upraised right and a skullcup to the heart with the left. A peacock canopy hovers above the head. Seated atop a light brown mule wading through an ocean of blood she is surrounded by dark billowing clouds of smoke. A makara-faced attendant leads in front and a lion-faced attendant follows behind. At the top center is the very peaceful goddess Sarasvati, white in colour, holding a vina (stringed instrument). At the four corners are the main attendant retinue deities, the Queens of the Seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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