Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity)

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 59733)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground: Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

All Accomplishing Tara.

"...Great Devi Tara, yellow in color, with eight faces, the main face yellow. The three right [faces] are black, green and blue. The three left [faces] are white, red and blue. The face above is smoke colored and fearful with three eyes. With sixteen hands, in the right are a sword, utpala, arrow, hook, stick, curved knife and a gesture of removing fear. [In the] left [hands] are a lasso along with a threatening gesture, skullcup, bow, katvanga, a Vajra together with a lasso, the head of Brahma, gems, and a vase. Wearing a garland of heads and adorned with ornaments, wreathed in sunlight. The right leg is straight [standing] atop Indra, Rudra, Brahma and Vishnu." (Sadhanamala & Drub Tab Gyatso).

Jeff Watt 11-2014

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