Tara Statue - Antique Java Style Indonesian Bronze Devi Tara Statue - 8cm/3"
Measurements Height 8cm/3"
An antique Java Style seated bronze Devi sculpture of Tara, in 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.
In her left hand Devi Tara holds a bell. Here right hand is held in a gesture of teaching. In this mudra the thumb and index finger touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom. This symbolises generosity.
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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Buddha’s teachings are known as “dharma.” Buddhism teaches that wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion are important virtues.
Here we discuss the meaning behind the dharmachakra mudra or Teaching Buddha.