An image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinueAn image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinueAn image of Phalden Lhamo and her retinue

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Phalden Lhamo and her retinue

Other titles:
Phalden Lhamo Remati, Sri Devi riding a mule with attendant Gods
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
late 18th century-early 19th century
thangka; distemper on sized cotton with silk brocade mount
134 x 80.0 cm; 144.6 x 85.3 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1962
Accession number