A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF PALDEN LHAMO QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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- gilt bronze
- 21.5 cm, 8 7/16 in.
seated on a donkey draped with a flayed human skin saddle-cloth, wearing a tiger-skin loincloth and a flayed human skin tied as a shawl around the naked shoulders, adorned with beaded jewels and a garland of severed heads at the chest, a billowing celestial scarf wrapped around the shoulders, a snake entwined around a tally stick at the waist, the right arm raised and the left holding a skull cap to the chest, the ferocious face with exaggerated features and pierced with a third eye between the eyebrows, the flaming hair surmounted by a five-skull crown, all supported on an oval base of turbulent waves and bones surrounded by craggy rockwork
Collection of Ernest Hamilton Sharp (1861-1922), OBE, and appointed King's Counsel for the colony of Hong Kong in July 1902.