Devi Tara Wall-Hanging Mask, Gold Vines Spread Around Her Bust
Devi Tara is the beloved of the gentle Buddhists of the mountains. She is their supreme deity, associated with maternal fearlessness and love, which are writ large on this divine facial sculpture. The gracious brow is complemented by half-shut eyes that are otherwise entrancing. The same descends into a long, angular nose, and a delicate mouth whose stance is unusually reserved. These features make for a composure of countenance that is superbly contained, possibly only for a celestial entity such as Her. A fire-like glow seems to emerge from the third eye that has emerged on Her temple, which is flanked by the gorgeous headband at the base of Her crown. The dense, gold-toned vines frame the composition.
Devi Tara is the spiritual protectress against the "eight great terrors" (as lore would have it), each of which is symbolic of spiritual impediments: lions (pride), elephants (delusion), fire (anger), snakes (envy), robbers (misguided notions), captivity (avarice), shipwreck (attachment), and demons (self-doubt). She is as much a virgin and a queen as She is a mother. Her virginity has little to do with the western theological emphasis on womanly chastity. Devi Tara's is a purity of the metaphysical level; She is unstained by the gross and the mundane. She arises out of the void as whole and independent. This mask of the wondrous Buddhist Devi inspires the devotee - its superbly precise handiwork does justice to Her visualisation.
Brass Sculpture12.0 inch X 7.5 inch X 3.0 inch