Green Tara is depicted in a posture of ease with right leg extended, signifying her readiness to spring into action. The left leg is folded in the contemplative position on the lotus pedestal, the two together thus symbolizing the integration of wisdom and art. The right hand is outstretched in the gesture of charity, and the left is raised in the gesture of reassurance. In both of her hands she holds stems of lotuses which are supported at her shoulders. She is heavily adorned with jewels which include both long and short necklaces; a magnificent pair of earrings; a seven-tiered crown; and numerous anklets and bracelets. Her body is attractive though not sensual, reflecting the typical Tibetan-Buddhist aesthetic.
The followers of Green Tara believe that her special powers will help overcome dangers, fears, and anxieties, and that she will grant wishes. She is also believed to help one cross over from danger to safety or from suffering to happiness. Her femininity imbues her with soft and compassionate feelings, and she acts very quickly and directly as a savioress. Representing active compassion, she is particularly worshipped for her ability to overcome the most difficult situations.
This sculpture was crafted in Patan, the second largest town of Kathmandu Valley. Also known as Lalitpur, Patan is well-known since ancient times for its superb metal castings, achieved by the lost-wax method.
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