"Palden Lhamo (Glorious Goddess) is a Tibetan form of the ancient Indian goddess Shridevi. Like her Indian precursor, Palden Lhamo rides a mule whose haunch is marked with an eye, an iconographic element associated with an early myth surrounding Shridevi. Once, while queen of Sri Lanka, Shridevi strenuously objected to her husband's practice of human sacrifice and threatened to kill their son if her husband's barbarism did not cease. When human sacrifice continued, she carried out her promise. As the goddess mounted a mule (covered with the flayed skin of her son) to flee the kingdom, the king aimed an arrow in her direction, hitting the mule's haunch. Shridevi removed the arrow and magically transformed the wound into an eye, thus augmenting her powers to see and watch over the realms of the Buddhist faith [...]"
Source : Sacred visions : early paintings from central Tibet / Steven M. Kossak, Jane Casey Singer ; with an essay by Robert Bruce-Gardner, p. 126
The bronze is cast in two parts.
Sri Devi has a wrafthul expression. The hair, eyebrows, moustaches are burning. The head is topped with a five-skulls crown. She wears around the waist a belt of cut heads, hold in the left hand a skull full of blood (Kapala) and brandish the vajra with the right hand. Sri Devi is standing up on her mule using the corpse of her dead son as a saddle.
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