|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Collection||Anna Maria Rossi & Fabio Rossi|
Sitatapatra with one Face and Two Hands (The White Parasol Goddess).
"Above a lotus, moon and sun seat is Sitatapatra with one face and two hands. The right hand is [in the gesture of] a wheel. The left hand holds a white umbrella. Seated with the legs in vajra posture, [she] wears heavenly garments and is adorned with jewelry, in a slightly peaceful and slightly wrathful appearance."
It is said that the 1000 faced and 1000 armed Sitatapatra was introduced into Tibet by Shantarakshita in the 8th century with the texts of Chandrgomi being the most popular. The practice, with numerous additional, variations was again introduced into Tibet and the Himalayan regions through the students of Vajrasana the Elder and Younger in the 11th and early 12th century.
Jeff Watt 2-2014