Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Sarasvati (Indian Goddess & Buddhist Deity)

དབྱངས་ཅན་མ། 辯才天女
(item no. 79035)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground: Paper
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Sarasvati, 13 Deity (Tibetan: yang chen ma lha chu sum): goddess of literature, poetry and wisdom. Sarasvati is the first deity in the collection known as the Mitra Gyatsa. This form of Sarasvati belongs to the Kriya Tantra, 1st of the four classes of tantra according to a popular Tibetan system. She also belongs to the sub-category of messenger within the Lotus Family of the three divisions of Kriya tantra.

"...the goddess Sarasvati, with a body white in colour, one face, two hands. Seated in a relaxed manner, with a face like the rising moon, eyebrows like drawn lines, two beautiful eyes like utpalas, casting side long glances like shooting stars, a clear complexion, pink cheeks and attractive. The throat is graceful and gently bending; white breasts, round, firm, upright and full. The left hand holds a jewel-studded vina of the gandharavas, the right a pick strumming the vina enthusiastically with the fingertips. With a very slender waist and flexible hips, a body well proportioned, fair, smooth, young, ample flesh and well rounded. Seated with the two legs, white, smooth, relaxed and desirable, in a slightly crouching manner; attractive braids, long and full, half-loose covering the upper back, half tied up in a topknot blazing with a wishing jewel. At the hairline - wearing a beautiful gold chain strung with flowers, blue, red and the like, wearing earrings of gold flowers and utpalas. Next to the ears are flowing silk ribbons; also adorned with many ornaments, jewel earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, belt, long-necklace and the like. Wearing an attractive upper garment of white cotton and a lower garment like a rainbow; fantastically beloved, radiantly desirous - sixteen years of age." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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