This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of White
Tara. Dressed in bodhisattva outlook, she
wears a crown and earrings. Her keyura
and clothings are simplistic yet elegant.
Seated in lotus posture, her right hand
forms the varada (wish-granting) mudra
on her lap, while her left hand is holding
the root of a lotus flower in front of her
Tara is a completely enlightened buddha
and having promised to appear in the
form of a female bodhisattva and
goddess for the benefit of all beings she
especially protects from the eight fears.
As a merciful protector of all people, Tara
is second in popularity only to
Avalokiteshvara. Worshippers pray to
White Tara for longevity and good health.
The colourful beads are preserved
extremely well, allowing it to stand out
from similar items, as well as adding
visually exciting elements to the whole