Tibetan Buddhist Saviour Goddess White Tara

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White Tara, the saviour goddess arose from a tear of Avalokiteshvara, which fell upon the earth and transformed into a lake. Out of its water grew a lotus from which the goddess emerged. The goddess white Tara is the image of purity and symbolizes transcendent wisdom. She is associated with longevity and cures various physical and mental ailments.

Her pleasant and peaceful appearance generates the vibes of calmness and positivity. She has a beautiful smiling face that radiates tranquillity and bliss. Her right hand extends across the right knee in the mudra that denotes generosity and in her left hand that she holds to the heart a stem of the Utpala lotus flower with three blossoms. One is showcased as seed, a second one is about to bloom and the third one is in full bloom. All these represent past, future, and present of Lord Buddha. She has seven eyes, three on her face, one on each palm of the hands and feet symbolizing her kind vigilance to see all the sufferings of mankind. She wears a gold tiara, earrings, and anklets along with colorful garments. She sits in Vajra posture on top of the moon disc and multi-colored lotus flower.

The landscape around the goddess is idyllic. The picturesque lake is surrounded by mountains. The different offerings are kept in front of the goddess. White Tara, goddess of compassion is just like a mother to her children. She quickly fulfills wishes, grant happiness and long life to her devotees.

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Item Code: TI61
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size of Painted Surface 15.5 inch X 21 inch
Size with Brocade 28 inch X 38 inch
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How are Thangkas made?

A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting that usually depicts a Buddhist Deity (Buddha or Bodhisattva), a scene, or a mandala. These paintings are considered important paraphernalia in Buddhist rituals. They are used to teach the life of the Buddha, various lamas, and Bodhisattvas to the monastic students, and are also useful in visualizing the deity while meditating. One of the most important subjects of thangkas is the Bhavacakra (the wheel of life) which depicts the Art of Enlightenment. It is believed that Thangka paintings were developed over the centuries from the murals, of which only a few can be seen in the Ajanta caves in India and the Mogao caves in Gansu Province, Tibet.

Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk applique and are usually small in size. The artist of these paintings is highly trained and has a proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, knowledge, and background to create a realistic and bona fide painting.
The process of making a thangka begins with stitching a loosely woven cotton fabric onto a wooden frame. Traditionally, the canvas was prepared by coating it with gesso, chalk, and base pigment. Image
After this, the outline of the form of the deity is sketched with a pencil or charcoal onto the canvas using iconographic grids. The drawing process is followed in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scriptures. The systematic grid helps the artist to make a geometrical and professional painting. When the drawing of the figures is finalized and adjusted, it is then outlined with black ink. Image
Earlier, a special paint of different colors was made by mixing powdered forms of organic (vegetable) and mineral pigments in a water-soluble adhesive. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paints instead. The colors are now applied to the sketch using the wet and dry brush techniques. One of the characteristic features of a thangka is the use of vibrant colors such as red, blue, black, green, yellow, etc. Image
In the final step, pure gold is coated over some parts of the thangka to increase its beauty. Due to this beautification, thangkas are much more expensive and also stand out from other ordinary paintings. Image
Thangka paintings are generally kept unrolled when not on display on the wall. They also come with a frame, a silken cover in front, and a textile backing to protect the painting from getting damaged. Because Thangkas are delicate in nature, they are recommended to be kept in places with no excess moisture and where there is not much exposure to sunlight. This makes them last a long time without their colors fading away. Painting a thangka is an elaborate and complex process and requires excellent skills. A skilled artist can take up to 6 months to complete a detailed thangka painting. In earlier times, thangka painters were lamas that spent many years on Buddhist studies before they painted.
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