Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 18cm/7"
Measurements Height 18cm/7"
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 a high pedestal that includes a lotus petal pedestal motif. She wears a richly bejewelled dhotis and upavitas.
Tara holds her hands in a gesture of teaching.
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.
Behind her head can be seen an aureole. This represents her divinity.
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The Walking Buddha is a rare depiction and one of the least common positions of the Buddha as he is shown in physical motion. It is often said that he is travelling to or from Heaven in order to deliver a sermon.
As one of the main teachings of Buddha is to reject material attachments, this statue encourages the recognition of internal beauty and grace.