This richly gilt sculpture depicts White Tara seated on a Yongle-style lotus base, her hair arranged sideways, a sash tightly drawn across her chest and back, her right hand displaying supreme generosity, the other hand bestowing refuge – with the tip of the ring finger touching the tip of the thumb. This gesture ( kartari mudra) is often confused with the other gesture that White Tara may commonly display, whereby the tip of the forefinger touches the tip of the thumb (vitarka mudra).
On this Chinese-style work, the left hand doesn’t display either of these gestures, the tip of the thumb is met by the tip of the middle finger.
This is the gesture for bestowing patience (shuni mudra).
Another example of White Tara displaying this gesture with her left hand.