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Title

Phalden Lhamo and her retinue

late 18th century-early 19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

Alternate image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinue by
Alternate image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinue by
Alternate image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinue by
  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Tibet

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication