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Cast brass statue of Lhamo Maksorma, an aspect of Palden Lhamo. She sits side saddle on a mule with a saddle blanket made of human skin (her son's flayed skin). She has a bulging vertical wisdom eye between her bushy eyebrows and two natural eyes. She has flame-like hair that floats up around a crown of skulls. In her right hand she holds a sword; in her left a trident and begging bowl. She wears the ornaments of powerful protection, behind her is a flaming nimbus, reflecting her protecting nature. The base is a lotus pedestal.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 31 December 1912
  • Measurements
    146 mm x 115 mm x 50 mm; 5 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No. 10:
    Per Barmiak Lama 31st December 1912. Brass figure riding on a mule with a brass background of horse-shoe shape. The Lama says it looks like Lha-Mo Mak-sor-ma, a gelukpa deity of war. In his right hand he holds a sword; in his left a trident (ka-tram) and a begging bowl. The horse-shoe background represents flames and indicates the fierce nature of the deity. See also the figure of Tam-drin in the scroll (No. 7) These flames, called Me-ri, are placed only by the fierce (trak-po) deities. (Bell she is described as a he here).
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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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