Shyama Tara – The Green Tara
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Orientation 3
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ABS 268

 Code: ABS 268

  Country: India (north-east)

  Style: Late Pala Style

  Date: 1100 - 1200

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 4.3 x 5.8 x 3.1

  Materials: Brass

Shyama-Tara (Green Tara)

Shyama Tara or Green Tara is the most famous aspect of the goddess. She is seated in the attitude of ease on a double lotus pedestal with a beaded border and rests her right foot on a lotus flower. She extends her right hand in the gesture of generosity and places her left over her leg. Both hands hold the stalks of waterlilies, their blossoms framing her face. She appears in the royal attire of divine manifestations, clad in silk and adorned with jewels. The green Tara is the most popular deity in Tibet. The cult of Tara was introduced in Tibet by Atisha (982–1054) and spread in all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism.