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Palden Lhamo Thangka

With Brokade Framing

1 2 3 Unsual: threedimensionale applikations in the face 5 6 7 8 Mantras on Back All Mantras Back

Palden Lhamo [Tibetan: 'dPal dan lha mo' - Sanskrit 'Shri Devi'], the chief tutelary goddess of the Tibetan pantheon, is the only female among the Eight Guardians of the Law. As the special protectress of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, she is venerated by the followers of the Gelug order all over Asia.

Lhamo is shown crossing the sea of blood on her mule. She killed her son, who was an enemy of Buddhism, and used his flayed skin as a saddle blanket. As the special protector of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, and is venerated in Tibet, China and Mongolia.

Her red hair marks her as a wrathful goddess. Here she rides side-saddle on her mule, who is carrying her across a sea of blood. Her pedestal is quite different from the other Guardians. Instead of lotus blossoms, she is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, enclosing a sea littered with corpses, skulls, body parts and entrails. Lhamo is wearing a crown of five skulls and garland of freshly severed heads. Within her flaming hair you will find a snake stretched behind the skulls.

The painting has a most unusual feature in that the painter has deliberately added increased layers of paint to the eyes [including the central third eye], the teeth and parts of the skull crown in order to give a three dimensional effect to this part of the image.

Several different Mantras in Tibetan 'Uchen' script are written on the back [Lhamo Mantra | Oh Ah Hum Mantra].

Due to age and use, the condition of the painting is no longer perfect. There are two areas of damage in the lower part on the blue brocade, furthermore it has horizontal cracks in the paint.

The total size of the painting including brocade is 25.2 x 20.2 " or 63.0 x 50.5 cm.


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Measurements: 11.4 x 8.9 " | 29.0 x 22.5 cm
Price: 185 $ | 155 €
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