White Tara

Title: White Tara
Creator: Unknown
Medium: Gilt copper alloy; repoussé with separately cast parts and attributes; turquoise insets; pigments; base sealed with copper plate incised with double vajra
Date: Mid-18th century to early 19th century
Dimensions: H x W: 48.3 × 30.6 × 29.8 cm (19 × 12 1/16 × 11 3/4 in)
Description This Buddhist figure appears female and therefore is a female Buddhist goddess . She has colorful accents such as turquoise accessories around her neck and on her headdress. She also has pink and red flowers attached to her right arm that are the lotus flower. Her left hand is reaching toward the ground while her right is raised to her chest showing her connection to the earth. She is seated in a meditating position on a double lotus pedestal. The lotus flower seen a couple times in this sculpture symbolizes purity and spiritual awakening. She is depicted with a third eye or the eye of consciousness showing that she is an enlightened figure.


White Tara, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
(accessed 10/4/2021, 11:41:54 AM).

Author: Sophie Kyle

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