Late Ming dynasty Modelled seated in lalitasana atop a double-lotus pedestal with beaded rims, the serene face with hair in tight curls under the ushnisha and a jewelled Buddist tiara, the raised left hand in vitarka mudra and the lowered right hand in varada mudra, with a lotus stem rising from the left shoulder. 17.5cm high.
Tara is one of the most popular meditational deities in Tibet. There are varying versions of her origin, one popular folklore recounts that she was a spiritual women whose dedication to Buddhism was demonstrated through daily offerings and prayers for a thousand billion years. The local monks responded to her great merits by offering to pray for her rebirth as a man to further spread her teachings. However, she declined and theorized that there was no distinction between the two genders and that nothing existed in reality.
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