Vajra Tara – The "Adamantine Tara"
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ABS 307

 Code: ABS 307

  Country: India (north-east)

  Style: Late Pala Style

  Date: 1100 - 1200

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.6 x 9.1 x 5

  Materials: Brass

Vajra Tara – The “Adamantine Liberator”

This tantric form of Tara with eight arms and four faces is named Vajra Tārā or “Adamantine liberator.” Of golden colour, her legs are crossed in the meditation posture, and she holds a vajra, lasso, arrow, and conch shell in her right hands, while her left make the threatening gesture and hold a hook, bow, and yellow lotus. This refined Indian artwork in the late Pala style include silver inlay for the urna and eyes and copper for some details.

Tara, “the Liberator” or “Saviouress” is one of the most famous goddesses of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. As a bodhisattva, she pledged to continuously take birth as a woman until she reaches complete Buddhahood. She appears under multiple aspects among which the Green Tara, the White Tara, and the 21 manifestations are the most popular in Tibet.