Tara Statue - Antique Java Style Indonesian Bronze Devi Tara Statue JigtenI Sumlé Gyalma - 8cm/3"
Measurements Height 8cm/3"
An antique Java Style seated bronze Devi sculpture of Tara, JigtenI Sumlé Gyalma, in the 13th century Majapahit style.
In Buddhism, Tara is a Bodhisattva. She is the Goddess of Compassion. Here, Tara is seated, in virasana, cross-legged symbol of Serenity, on a round double lotus petal pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
Tara JigtenI Sumlé Gyalma holds in her right hand a victory banner, which extends above her shoulder.
JIGTEN SUMLÉ GYALMA is peaceful her victory banner overpowering all the gods of the desire realm. She brings supreme joy to all beings. The mantra of her speech, endowed with the eight modes of laughter − HA HAA, HI HII, HE HAI, HO HAU − empowers all beings, setting them on the path of liberation.
She wears a richly bejewelled dhotis and upavitas. Her face has a serene downcast gaze.
Tara wears a decorative Javanese style tiara, on her head, in front of her Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises her control over Positive and Negative attitudes. She has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large earrings.
The sculpture has a wonderful brown malachite patina.
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