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Qing Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure Palden Lhamo Sridevi Riding Mule

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Directory: Hidden: Pre 1900: Item # 1315751
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Sino-Tibetan gilt and painted bronze figure of the Goddess Palden Lhamo (Sridevi), protectress of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, seated side-saddle on her mule. The bronze is cast in two parts upon an oval base with modeled lotus petals. A headdress of severed heads, above her characteristic three bulging eyes, accents her flaming blue hair. She wears a tiered necklace, large earrings, and windswept sashes around her shoulder. A small sword is tucked beneath her left arm and her right arm is upraised and holds the handle of an axe. The head of the axe and a bronze cup are embedded in the base. Across her waist is a skin loincloth. 12" high by 8" across. 19th century. One skull in the headdress appears to be missing. The bottom copper plate might not be original to the piece. From the estate of William A. Scott, Kansas City, Missouri.