About this object

Sino-Tibetan or Mongolian cast copper statue Palden Lhamo or Sri Devi. She sits side saddle on a mule with a saddle blanket made of human skin (her sons). The mule has a third eye on its rump and is fitted with tack and bridle made of poisonous snakes. Palden Lhamo has a bulging horizontal wisdom eye between her bushy eyebrows and two natural eyes. Her four fangs can be seen in her snarling mouth, which seems to be almost frothing. She has flame-like hair that floats up around a crown of skulls. Her right arm is raised and her hand is in harina mudra or lion gesture suggesting she once held a club, while her left hand holds a skull bowl full of blood before her heart. She wears the ornaments of powerful protection. The base on which the mule walks is littered with body parts and the pedestal is designed as three mountain peaks details with star-like plants.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 130 mm x 50 mm; 7 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)

Explore related


  • 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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