Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 12cm/5"
Measurements Height 32cm/13"
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 she is seated on round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a square pedestal. Tara holds in her left hand the stem of a lotus flower which extends above her shoulder.
Her right hand is posed in the dharmachakra mudra. In sanskrit dharmachakra means the 'Wheel of Dharma'. This mudra symbolises one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It therefore denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma. In this mudra the thumb and index finger of each hand is touching at the tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom.
She wear 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. A beaded aureole stands behind representing her divinity. The standing sculpture has a wonderful green 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.