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Asian Art

Wrathful Protector Shri Devi as Palden Lhamo

19th century

Tangka, gold and color on silk or cotton

Gift of Alice and Nasli Heeramaneck in memory of Viola and William B. Arvine
Depicted with blue-black skin and two arms and riding sidesaddle on a horse, Palden Lhamo is one of the more ferocious manifestations of the Indian goddess Shri Devi. She is known principally as a queen who can repel physical and spiritual armies, the guardian of the nation of Tibet, and guardian of its capital city, Lhasa. She is shown here with some of her demonic attendants as well as other Buddhist deities and monks. The four smaller figures on horses symbolize the four seasons.
Tibet, China
19th century
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