Seven-Eyed White Tara

Mongolian (Mongolian)
late 19th-early 20th century
Pigments and gold on sized cloth
Mat : 14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm)
Work : 3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.62 x 6.35 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Supposedly born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara’s left eye, White Tara is believed to be the most compassionate of all the Tara forms. She is associated with long life, and is often invoked by people seeking good health and protection from harm. White Tara is typically depicted sitting in a relaxed pose on a lotus pad with one hand held out in a gesture signifying charity, and the other hand held in a gesture of protection or teaching. Her left hand also holds the stalk of a lotus flower that appears above her left shoulder. This particular manifestation of White Tara is distinguished by the seven eyes that appear on her face, hands and feet, signifying her supernatural abilities to detect people in distress and give them aid.



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