Attributes of Ma-cig dpal-gyi Lha-mo in a "rgyan tshogs" banner. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.
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The goddess who is the subject of this painting has the Sanskrit name of Śrīmatī Devī, 'Glorious Mother Goddess'; in Tibetan, Ma-cig dPal-gyi Lha-mo. She is the peaceful aspect of dPal-ldan Lha-mo (Machik Palden Lhamo), who appears in this series in the third place on the right-hand side in the temple and who is the protectress of the city of Lhasa. Ma-cig's place is indicated on the top of the verso of the banner as the fifth on the right-hand side
A five-jewelled mirror-crown and a pair of large kings and queens earrings show where her head would be, a necklace where her neck would be expected, and a green on white flowered robe with a green inset in the centre where her body would be. The robe is draped above a lotus flower, and is flanked by an arrow with five coloured silk ribbons, an oracular mirror, and a bowl of jewels, which are the usual hand-held attributes of Śrīmatī Devī. Along the upper edge there are jewels, a victory banner, and a peacock's tail, showing that she is an aspect of Lha-mo whose emblem it is. There are an emblem of the sun and moon, leaves sprouting forth, a pomegranate fruit for fertility, a jar with peonies for long life, the Eight Auspicious Things, an elephant for strength, a horse for swiftness, a beer jar for celebration, a fly whisk for purification, an offering cake for spiritual nourishment and a butter lamp for spiritual light. In this banner there are only peaceful emblems