Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 26cm/10"
Measurements Height 26cm/10"
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 stood on a high lotus bud pedestal. 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.
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 a circular aureole. This represents her divinity.
At the base of the lotus bud can be seen four overflowing Kalasha. The kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" in the Vedas. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality.
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Hevajra, with his wrathful appearance and intricate symbolism, serves as a profound guide on the path to spiritual realization within Vajrayana Buddhism.
His imagery is a potent reminder of the inseparable nature of wisdom and compassion, the transcendence of dualities, and the transformative power of spiritual practice.