Seller: gabrielli-art (4,282) 100%, Location: Youngsville, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 283258033535 This is a splendid and beautiful statue of White Tara, cast in bronze in Tibet and gilded, dating to the1800's, if not earlier. She is 9 inches tall. There are twenty-one forms of Tara, each one associated with a different color and specific qualities. One etymology of her name is that it is derived from the Sanskrit Tar, which means "to cross over"; she is one who helps sentient beings cross over from mere worldly existence. Tara has become by far the most popular deity in Tibet since the 600's AD. Our White Tara is seated on a moon disk supported by a footed lotus petal throne, and has many significant differences from the "usual" White Taras, which I will point out. Using a phone or tablet to look at my listings, you may not be seeing full descriptions and the many photos below. BUDDHA: Antique Tibetan White Tara, Gilded Bronze,1800's, 9 inches tall, Superb BUDDHA: Antique Tibetan White Tara, Gilded Bronze,1800's, 9 inches tall, Superb Patina From time to time other items of mine may be found at: Catawiki Phillip Gabrielli This is a splendid and beautiful statue of White Tara, cast in bronze in Tibet and gilded, probably dating to the 1800's. She may be from the late 1700's, but that is a surmise on my part based on her iconography and condition. She is 9 inches tall and was most likely gilded using what was known as Mercury or Fire Gilding. It is a very good method for getting an excellent covering of high carat gold on to a whole piece, but very dangerous as it involves the off-gassing of the mercury, which can be deadly to the workers. This method is outlawed today in most places, but was very common when this beautiful Tara was made. This Tara is less conventionally "pretty". And she has many distinctly Tibetan characteristics. This White Tara is different from most, which I think adds to her charm and attraction. There are a number of differences between her and the "usual" White Taras which I will try to point out. There are twenty-one forms of Tara, each one associated with a different color and specific qualities. One etymology of her name is that it is derived from the Sanskrit Tar, which means "to cross over"; she is one who helps sentient beings cross over from mere worldly existence. Introduced into Tibetan Buddhism in the seventh century, Tara has become by far the most popular deity in Tibet ever since. Our Tara is seated in padmasanam asana, the adamantine asana, or posture (the full lotus position) on a moon disk resting on a footed single lotus petal throne. And those lotus petals are much more elaborate than the "usual" ones. Our Tara is positively resplendent with her luxuriant diadem and necklace and other jewels as are most White Taras. But her gentle leaning to her right is very different from the common almost rigid symmetry of many White Taras and it lends a certain welcome touch of femininity to the figure. She holds her left hand is in a charming variation of Vitarka Mudra, the gesture of teaching, with the thumb and third, instead of the index, finger closing the wheel of the law or teaching, as it were. She is also holding the stem of a Lotus which appears above her left shoulder. That Lotus blossom is larger and of a kind not "usually" seen with WhiteTaras. This mudra evokes the energy of teaching and intellectual discussion; the transmission of a particular teaching with no words. The circle formed by the thumb and third finger creates a constant flow of energy/information. It also allows for a transmission of knowledge in a protected way, without being impeded by fear. In her right hand, she also holds the stem of a blooming lotus, again larger and different from the "usual" lotus, which appears above her right shoulder. And with her right hand, she makes the Varada Mudra - the gesture of compassion and bestowing blessings. It is also called the"gesture of generosity". It is the mudra, or gesture, of the attainment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation. It is one of the oldest mudras and is very common amongst peaceful deities, particularly those performing the auspicious activities of pacifying and enriching. This mudra aptly expresses the magnificence of forgiveness, the virtue of forgiving others as well as the inner self. The Varada mudra is one of great generosity. Since this mudra is a gesture of mercy or granting wishes, it is also referred to as the 'Boon-Granting' mudra. The Lotus is a very important element in Buddhist iconography because it is understood to mimic in its life cycle the passage of a soul from mere existence in the universe of suffering to eventual enlightenment. The lotus almost always lives deep in the mud of ponds or other still water, but it sends the stems of its flowers up above the surface of the water to bloom in the full light of the sun. The symbolism is clear and obvious. Our Tara has all of the typical Tibetan sweetness, but there is more life to her gentle downcast eyes and smiling mouth that seems ready to speak or break into a broader smile. She looks to me as if she would have a very good sense of humor. She has an urna, a particularly Tibetan one, in the shape of a curving curl on her forehead, which is symbolic of a kind of a third eye with which she is able to see past this universe of suffering, samsara, into the world of enlightenment. There is no serious damage to this figure at all. The bottom edge of the foot of the throne has some expected roughness. And the bottom is closed. The surface of the figure is completely stable with no flaking or powdering. I have a number of similar figures in my collection. This is the oldest and, to my eyes, the most beautiful, as the old gold has taken on a unique and lovely patina, much of which is surely just evidence of the passage of time and the touch of many hands through the many decades of her long life. White Tara is a female bodhisattva (a "wisdom being" or enlightened one") and a meditation deity, believed to have been born from the compassionate tear of Avalokitesvara (from the Sanskrit, literally: "Lord who looks down", a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.) She vowed to remain in female form until all beings were liberated. Of all the Taras, the two most important are White Tara and Green Tara, who is known as the Buddha of enlightened activity and the great liberator. White Tara/Sarasvati is the goddess of longevity who counteracts illness, thereby helping to bring about a long life. She embodies compassion and is said to be as white and radiant as the moon. One etymology of her name is that it is derived from the Sanskrit Tar, which means "to cross over"; she is one who helps sentient beings cross over from mere worldly existence. Introduced into Tibetan Buddhism in the seventh century, Tara has become by far the most popular deity in Tibet ever since. She is a female bodhisattva (a "wisdom being" or enlightened one") and a meditation deity, believed to have been born from the compassionate tear of Avalokitesavara (from the Sanskrit, lit: "Lord who looks down" a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.) She vowed to remain in female form until all beings were liberated. Tara also embodies many of the qualities of the feminine principle. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings, as a mother does for her children. As White Tara she offers succor and protection from all the unfortunate circumstances one can encounter within the samsaric world, the world of suffering and cyclic birth and rebirth, the antithesis of Nirvana. Another quality of the feminine principle which she shares with the dakinis, tantric deities or "sky dancers", is the enlightened energy of playfulness. Tara is frequently depicted as a young, sixteen-year-old, girlish woman who often manifests in the lives of practitioners when they take themselves, or their spiritual path, too seriously. There are Tibetan tales in which she laughs at self-righteousness, or plays pranks on those who lack reverence for the feminine. Our Tara looks like she might easily smile at our self-righteousness. Much of the iconography of White Tara derives from a medieval poem by the first Dalai Lama (1391-1474) which contains the following verses: On a lotus seat,....Showing the union of wisdom and art - homage to you! Your supple right hand makes the boon- granting gesture,..Your left hand gives us refuge, Both hands signal with blue utpala (lotus) flowers, Our present Tara reflects almost all of these qualities and characteristics. This Tara is splendid and uniquely beautiful. The photographs give a very good idea of the beauty, excellence and special qualities of this exceptional example of Sacred Tibetan Art. If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. And thanks for looking. Due to limitations of photography and the inevitable differences in monitor settings, the color of the pictures may be slightly different on your monitor from Tara herself, but I did my best to capture her as she is. And, at least on my monitor, the color is a very good match. A MESSAGE TO MY CLIENTS: I have recently become disabled with lymphoma in my spinal column, a neurological condition similar to multiple sclerosis and my right hand/arm paralyzed, of which some time ago I fell and broke both bones.The cast is off now, but 2 months in a cast have left the arm and hand much for the worse.This is slowing me down a bit, especially the packing up. But I am trying to do my best.I do manage to get most items off in the four day handling time that I specify I should also apologize for not being able to make the elegant packages I used to make. My hand just won't obey. I am trying, but I am alone, which adds to the difficulty.When I get one-handed packing down perfectly, I shall add it to my resume. ************************************************ ************************************************ From time to time other items of mine may be found at: Catawiki Phillip Gabrielli Payment Winning Bidders: please pay for your item within three days of this auction's close. Foreign Buyers: please request an invoice with actual shipping costs before paying. I am more than happy to offer reduced shipping costs or combined shipping if a bidder wins more than one auction within a week, even if the items cannot be shipped together. Terms of Sale I try to do my very best in researching the items I sell and I include numerous photos. If you have any questions concerning a particular item, please contact me. Items are sold as described in both words and pictures. 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If you like what you see here, please add me to your saved sellers list. I will have similar items for your consideration nearly every week. And Thanks for looking. I would be more than happy to answer any question you might have. Pictures sell! Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.250+ Listing Templates! Auctiva gets you noticed! The complete eBay Selling Solution. Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Antique/Used:Please read Description & look carefully at the many Photos below for condition details.....FOR SOME REASON, Google and eBay have changed how they operate, again. In order to view this whole listing, the interested person sometimes MUST find and click on the SEE FULL ITEM DESCRIPTION in blue at the bottom of the page that opens., Size: 9 inches Tall, Type: Statues, Primary Material: Gilded Brone, Age: 1800's, Region of Origin: Tibet, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, California Prop 65 Warning: No Dangerous Chemicals, etc.