Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shri Devi (Buddhist Protector) - Palden Lhamo

དཔལ་ལྡན་ལྷ་མོ། 吉祥天母(佛教护法)
(item no. 90909)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Kagyu and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment
Collection Carolyn and Wesley Halpert
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Female

Interpretation / Description

Shri Devi Initiation Card Set (Tibetan: pal den lha mo, dud sol ma): 36 ritual cards used in the performance of bestowing the initiation of the deity Shri Devi - painted on squares of semi-translucent mica sheets. (See a gallery of individual images).

The main figure, Shri Devi, counting from left to right, top down, is black in colour with one face and four hands, wearing a pale human skin across the shoulders and riding atop a mule, surrounded by wisps of dark smoke and flame. The remaining cards show figures of retinue attendants riding upon various mounts, ritual objects and preferred offerings.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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