|Date Range||1300 - 1399|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
Green Tara. (Tibetan: drol ma jang ku).
A Buddhist sculpture such as this is created using a lost wax technique. With wax as the medium the artist first crafts the figure, such as Tara, with all the features. A clay mold is then tightly packed around this finished wax figure. Finally metal is poured into the base. The molten metal burns the wax away. After cooling, the mold is broken and the metal image is cleaned and polished. Precious stones and gold gilt are sometimes applied along with the unique Tibetan custom of painting the faces and hair of most sculpture. The consecration of the sculpture is done last, filled with precious substances and prayers written on paper, it is then sealed, with an auspicious symbol etched on the bottom. According to religious custom only now is the object worthy of ritual worship.
"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).
Jeff Watt 5-2005
Publication: Selection of Works - Sculpture (RMA)
Buddhist Deity: Tara, Green (Sculpture Masterworks)
Sculpture: Monastic Period (Tibet, 13-14th century)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Sculpture (Gallery 1)
Buddhist Deity: Tara, Green Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Tara (sculpture)
Sculpture: Monastic Period (Tara)
Sculpture: Monastic Period (Peaceful Deity Figures)
Collection of RMA: Selected Sculpture
Region: India, Pala Period (Metal Sculpture)
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection (Sculpture)
Sculpture: Monastic Period (Masterworks)