Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shri Devi (Buddhist Protector)

དཔལ་ལྡན་ལྷ་མོ། 吉祥天母(佛教护法)
(item no. 65161)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Size 17.78cm (7in) high
Material Wood
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc. #C2002.33.3
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Shri Devi, Lhamo Remati.

The Red Goddess plaque is a ritual piece used when conducting certain types of protection ceremonies. She holds a scorpion handled sword in the upraised hand and a skullcup in the left. The three peacock feathers adorning the crown of the head and the symbol of the sun at her navel associate her with the Glorious Goddess with Four Arms. The back is inscribed with a formulaic blessing in four syllables repeated three times, om, ah, hum, hrih, aligning the activity of the Red Goddess with the activities of the body, speech and mind of all Buddhas. (See another image of Lhamo Remati).

Jeff Watt 5-2005

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Female Buddhas at RMA

Thematic Sets
Sculpture: Female
Sculpture: Wood & Papier Mache
Buddhist Protector: Shri Devi (Early Works)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Sculpture (Gallery 1)