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: Saptadashashirshi Shri Devi

Saptadashashirshi Shri Devi

Historical period(s)
15th century
Gilt-copper alloy, color, and semi-precious stones
H x W x D: 57.2 x 57.5 x 14.5 cm (22 1/2 x 22 5/8 x 5 11/16 in)
Tibet, Central Tibet, Densatil Monastery
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
Lhamo, the protective deity of Lhasa, the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Tibet, is one of a potent group of eight protectors of the Buddhist faith. She is also the patron deity of the Dalai Lama and all followers of the Gelukpa, or Yellow Hat, sect.The sculpture captures the vivacity and ferocity of Lhamo, whose three eyes are said to flash like lightning and whose eyebrows blaze like fire. Seated astride her wild donkey mount, she brandishes her sword over the heads of enemies. Surrounding her are nineteen attendant deities riding a variety of bird and animal mounts. This gilt-copper plaque was originally part of the decoration of the base of a funerary stupa at the renowned Densatil monastery in central Tibet.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Sackler: Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas
Buddhism, donkey, Lhamo, lion, makara, mongoose, skull, snake, sword, Tibet
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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