Thangka Depicting White Tara
Painted in Nepal using the traditional Tibetan style of painting using ground mineral pigment on cotton or silk, these beautiful Thangkas function as one of the principle meditational tools in Buddhist practice. They usually depict a central Buddhist deity or teacher surrounded by associated gods and lineage figures, describes events or myths attributed to important religious teachers, or outlines the blueprint of a particular deity’s realm as a mandala.
This one depicts beautiful saviouress White Tara, regarded as a female buddha of compassion and action. She is depicted here seated on a lotus throne in the Vajra posture. Her left hand, which is placed on her heart, holds the stem of a blossoming lotus beside her left shoulder. Her right hand is in Varadamudra, Symbolising supreme generosity. She has five eyes, two in the palms of her hand, two in soles of her feet and one in her forehead.