Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 24cm/10"
Measurements Height 24cm/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. Her she is seated on a decorated circular pedestal which is itself stood on a square pedestal in Padmasana or half lotus pose.
Tara holds in her right hand a Gyaling or Chinese flute. In her left a 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. A second kalasha can be seen at the base of her pedestal. 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 aureole with flaming rim and lotus lead finial stands behind representing her divinity. The standing sculpture has a wonderful brown malachite patina.
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