Tibet, White Tara (5)

12th century circa, Central Tibet, Tara, stone, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

12th century circa, Central Tibet, Tara, stone, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

White Tara holds the stems of lotuses, one of them in full bloom. She is dressed in a striped dhoti and adorned with a five-leaf crown and heavy jewellery.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

She normally holds her right hand palm out, to display the gesture of supreme generosity.

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On this example, the left hand does refuge-bestowing gesture. She is adorned with a crown, belt and jewellery richly inlaid with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral, even the rectangular urna on her forehead is inlaid with turquoise. Her hair is dyed with lapis lazuli powder.

 

Same as before.

Same as before.

 

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