Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity)

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 8204)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Tara, Accomplishing All Activities.

At the top center is Amitabha Buddha. Surrounding the central figure of Tara are eight smaller figures of Tara protecting from the eight fears.

"...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 [8-2018]

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