|Date Range||1400 - 1499|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
Shri Devi (English: Glorious Goddess. Tibetan: pal den lha mo). The principal consort for the enlightened protector Mahakala and the main female protector of the Sakya School.
"...the Glorious Goddess, Mistress of the Desire Realm, riding a donkey with a white patch; with a body blue-black in colour, one face and four hands; the first right holds a sword, second a skullcup filled with blood; the first left holds a spear, the second a trident; with a crown of five dry human skulls and a necklace of fifty wet and six bone ornaments; an elephant hide as an upper garment and a rakshasa hide as a skirt, a lower garment of woven hair; the Lord of Nagas tied as a girdle; possessing three eyes, a stiff human corpse in the mouth, bared fangs. The right ear is adorned with a poisonous snake and the left a lion. On the body arranged in bunches are drops of blood, clots of mold, and ashes of the dead; very emaciated..." (Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrup, 1497-1557).
Jeff Watt 3-2002