Thursday, 26 August 2010

A large copper portable shrine or gau with a hand painted image of the female protector Palden Lhamo. 98 mm x 80 mm x 15 mm

A small Garuda or Khyung bird. Holds a snake in his hands.  
38.72 mm (length) x 23.10 mm (width) 22.59 mm (height).

A small Phurba or Kila thokcha. 36 mm x 6 mm

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Above: Dorje Palmo or Vajravarahi with a garland of skulls. 
Copper with faint traces of gilt. 12th Century. 5.9 cm x 3.9cm

The Dorje Palmo shown above is one of my favourite pieces currently housed in The Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford, England. They have a wonderful collection and it is well worth paying them a visit.  Dorje Palmo (also Phagmo) or Vajravarahi is seen in her typical dancing posture and wears a garland of human skulls. The head of a female pig can clearly be seen protruding from her own head. This symbolises the complete dispelling of ignorance.

A 13th to 14th century Phurba, currently housed in The Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford, UK.