Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Examine the expression and visual elements of this figure. How does the object make you feel?
  • What visual elements make this figure appear ferocious?
  • Lhamo is one of eight Dharmapalas that protect Buddhist law or Dharma. Why might it have been necessary for this figure to appear frightening?
  • Why would the artist choose to include gold and jewels as materials for this object?
  • Do you believe this object is secular or religious? Cite visual clues that support your hypothesis.

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Lhamo is one of eight Dharmapalas that protect Buddhist law or Dharma. Research another Dharmapala and find an image. Hint: DMA collections online have The Dharmapala Vajrabhairava (1998.87). In an essay, compare and contrast the two Dharmapalas based on visual elements and their individual stories.
  • Vajrayana Buddhism is a particular sect of the Buddhist tradition that is primarily practiced in the Himalayas. Research the other sects of Buddhism and create a map that visually illustrates where these various sects are most prevalent.
  • The DMA owns a thangka or cloth painting that also depicts Lhamo (2005.48). Consider the various effects of 2-D versus 3-D representations. Create your own 2-D and 3-D representations of another Buddhist figure.