Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity) - Green

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 2221)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Female

Interpretation / Description

Green Tara, seated in a palace, with Bhrikuti standing at the proper right side and Ekajati at the left side.

Three Deity Tara of the Sandalwood Forest (Sadhanasamucchaya #48, Thartse Panchen)

"On an and eight petalled lotus...is Holy Tara, reddish-green in colour, one face and two hands. The right [hand] is in the gesture of supreme generosity and the left holds with the thumb and ring finger a lily to the heart. Wearing beautiful jewel ornaments and various silks, the hair as a crown, seated in a posture with the right leg extended and the left drawn up. On the right [side] is orange Marichi holding in the left [hand] a branch of the Ashoka tree. On the left is black Ekajati holding a skullcup in the left. Both hold in the right [hands] a fly-whisk; adorned with jewels and beautiful silk clothing, with the two legs placed equally in a standing manner." (Thartse Panchen Namka Chime).

At the top center is Amitabha Buddha, red in colour. At the top left is the Tibetan teacher Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa wearing monastic robes and a yellow hat. At the top right side is the Indian teacher Atisha wearing a blue monastic shirt and a red pandita hat.

Jeff Watt 4-2017

Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (handprints)

Secondary Images
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