Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 20.5cm/8"
Measurements Height 20.5cm/8"
An antique Java Style seated bronze Devi Tara sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
In Buddhism, Tara is a Bodhisattva. She is the Goddess of Compassion.
Here Tara is seated on a lotus bud pedestal, in the vajra position with her right leg is panhandle. Her right foot rests a on lotus flower. In her left hand the stem of a lotus flower is held, which extends above her shoulder. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all. She wears a richly bejewelled dhotis and upavitas.
Tara holds her hands in a gesture of teaching and the granting of boons.
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.
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.