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The white Tārā. Distemper painting.

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The white Tārā, saviour goddess who helps human beings to find liberation from the fears of the cycle of births and deaths. Her right hand forms the giving gesture, the left hand holds the stalk of an open lotus while forming the preaching gesture, with the index and middle finger crossed. She is surrounded by 120 forms of herself replicating herself whenever she is needed. The figures have alternating brown, red and yellow body-radiances, and red or green halos. All are sitting in the double lotus posture

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1 painting : distemper on linen ; distemper 76 x 51 cm

References note

Marianne Winder, Catalogue of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs, and catalogue of thankas, banners and other paintings and drawings in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London 1989, p. 73, thankas banners and paintings no. 4


Wellcome Library no. 47106i

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