Tibet, Green Tara (4)

13th century, Tibet, Tara, metal with cold gold and pigments, is or was at Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Tara, metal with cold gold and pigments, is or was at Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Easy to recognise, this form of Green Tara displays the gesture of supreme generosity with her right hand and holds the stem of a lotus with the other, her right leg pendant, the foot resting on a lotus attached to the base, a second long-stemmed lotus raising from the pedestal.

Same as before.

Same as before.

As we saw in previous post, the right hand is occasionally held differently, to hold the stem of the lotus on that side, while the left hand normally does a symbolic gesture, which may vary too. The lotus to her left is a blue lotus or utpala in sanskrit (with a different meaning than the pink or white varieties).

14th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

In Tibet, her jewellery and accessories are often inlaid with coral and hard stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise. The lotuses on each side of her may be fastened to her arms rather than spring from the base.

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

Sometimes, glass cabochons are used instead of turquoise.

 

 

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