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Shri Devi
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The applique incorporates traditional iconography and mythology, imaginatively rendered symbols, and an array of media and handicraft techniques, brought together in a skillful and lively manner.

History of the Object
Shri Devi, the female deity among the ten wrathful protective deities, is executed in the technique of inlaid applique, an important and distinctive Mongolian art form. She is crowned with five skulls and bares her teeth. Her two hands hold a club and a blood-filled skull-cup. As is customary, Shri Devi sits on her right side atop a mule and gnaws upon a corpse. The mule, the vehicle of Shri Devi, is called luus in Mongolian and is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Surrounding Shri Devi are important divinities and a Gelugpa teacher.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk applique with gold and silver thread, semiprecious stones including turquoise, coral and pearls. 
Measurements
Width 118 cm. Length 136 cm.  
Creator name
Khasgombo 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Worship 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1969. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Fine Arts Museum of Zanabazar 
Museum
The Fine Arts Museum of Zanabazar 
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