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A thangka depicting the Green Tara with buddhist deities

  • Ink and pigments on canvas
  • China
  • Sino-tibetan style
  • 18th century
  • 49.5 x 35 cm
  • Private collection from the south west of France

Description

The green skin Tara is depicted on the centre of the thangka, seated in lalitasana on a lotus stand, her right hand in vitarka mudra, her left hand in varada mudra, each hand holding a blooming lotus flower. She wears a fine dhoti, the shoulders covered with flotting scarves, the body adorned with many jewels, the head wreathed with a diadema. The delicate face with half closed eyes is framed by two large earrings. The Green Tara surrounded by a halo with many blooming flowers. In the lower part of the thangka, the White Jhambala dharmapala riding a blue dragon, surrounded by attendants holding the Eight Buddhist Emblems. In the upper part, other attendants on clouds holding buddhist rituals items. The thangka delicately painted, the patterns highlighted with gold. The Tara (« the Mother of Liberation ») is regarded as a bodhisattva of compassion. Tara manifests in many different forms but the Green Tara remains the most popular. She is the protector of Tibet where she is very popular.

A thangka depicting the Green Tara with buddhist deities

  • Ink and pigments on canvas
  • China
  • Sino-tibetan style
  • 18th century
  • 49.5 x 35 cm
  • Private collection from the south west of France

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