impressive early 20th century Chinese gilt bronze Palden Lhamo seated sideways
in a striking pose with a
flayed human skin serves as a saddle on her white mule. The figure is based on
the Tibetan rendition of the Indian Goddess Shridevi, while as the Queen of Sri
Lanka, she opposed to the king's practice of human sacrifice, and consequently
killed their son. As the king shot at her with an arrow hitting the haunch of
the mule, Palden Lhamo at once transformed its wound into an eye.
depicted here, Palden Lhamo wears a skull crown with a crescent moon over her
upraising hair, she has three bulging eyes, with large fangs gripping a corpse
in an opened mouth, a waist-length rosary made of human heads, a lion emerges
from her right shoulder, and in
her left hand she carries a skull cup, with raised right hand holding a trident.
The lively white mule is standing on a lotus pedestal of a turbulent sea of blood.
The statue is consecrated and sealed on the underside of the mule, along with
a viswa vajra repousse engraved on
the copper base plate of the pedestal.