Tibet, White Tara (3)

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

White Tara is seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base, framed by two lotuses, adorned with jewellery and a celestial scarf, wearing a richly incised lower garment held in place with a belt.

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She has a third eye on her face

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and an eye in the palm of her hands and the sole of her feet, all inlaid with silver and copper.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Her right hand is held in the gesture of supreme generosity, the left hand is held in the gesture for bestowing refuge.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, Werner Forman Archive.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, Werner Forman Archive.

The lotus to her left is often a blue lotus (utpala), which is never fully open.

 

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