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Title

Phalden Lhamo and her retinue

late 18th century-early 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Phalden Lhamo is a major protector deity and the only goddess in the group of deities known as the Dharmapala. A favourite deity of the Gelukpa ('Yellow Hat') sect, Phalden Lhamo is regarded as a protector of the Dalai Lama and the city of Lhasa. As a protector deity, Phalden Lhamo is depicted with a wrathful demeanour, riding an untamed mule through a sea of entrails and blood. Blue-black and haggish with three bulging eyes, upturned nose, ferocious mouth and flaming hair topped by a skull crown, she holds a skull bowl filled with bleeding organs and plucked-out eyeballs, and brandishes a 'vajra'-topped club. Below, her retinue includes the minor female divinities ('dakinis') Makaravaktra' ('crocodile-faced'), who leads her mule, and Simhavaktra, the red-bodied, lion-faced deity. This 'thangka' retains its traditional silk brocade mount.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.61.


Details


Other Titles

Phalden Lhamo Remati

Sri Devi riding a mule with attendant Gods


Place where the work was made

Tibet


Date

late 18th century-early 19th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

thangka; distemper on sized cotton with silk brocade mount


Dimensions

134 x 80.0 cm; 144.6 x 85.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP2.1962



Place

Where the work was made
Tibet

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 61 (colour illus.).