This oversize Thangka from Tibet features the white Tara, Sitatara as the central deity, seated on a lotus pedestal with a prominent aureole and halo framing her image. Tara is showing the vitarka and varada mudra and her third eye is most prominently featured at her forehead. Tara is flanked by four images of Buddha and two secondary deities. A bold cloud, mountain and flower pattern builds the backdrop for the religious portrayals.
In Tibet the White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara, Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) was incarnated as a Chinese princess. She symbolizes purity and is often represented seated with legs crossed, holding a full-blown lotus. She is generally shown with a third eye. Tara is also sometimes shown with eyes on the soles of her feet and the palms of her hands (then she is called ‘Tara of the Seven Eyes’ a form of the goddess popular in Mongolia).
Shape: Rectangular, near square shape
Dimensions: 166 x 194 cm
Condition: Overall still fair condition with extensive soiling, some creases and abrasions
Provenance: German private collection
Auction result comparison: For a related oversize Thangka with Sitatara of Mongolian origin see Christie’s, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 12 September 2018, lot 314.
尺寸：166 x 194 厘米