The original of this unique thangka is a mural from the 11th century in the monastery Alchi in Ladakh in the Indian West Himalaya. It can be found on the left wall of the left niche on the ground floor of the Sumtsek Temple of the monastery.
In the centre, depicted on the white disk of the moon, is the six-armed Green Tara, the »Saviouress«, placed between the small figures of a yellow-robed monk and a queen. This is a cult scene, as can be seen from the items below the circle like conch-shell trumpets and offerings as well as the outline of a mandala-like altar.
As attributes the goddess is holding a book [pustaka] a speer-shaped hook [ankusha], a rosary [akshamala] and, finally, her actual emblem, the blue lorus-blossom [utpala].
Alongside the central motif are four more manifestations of Tara. The central goddess is shown in front of an opulent throne structure, in the scrolls of which at the top we can see the five Tathagata Buddhas, the figure in the middle being the green Amoghasiddhi as Spiritual »Lord« of the family of deities to which Tara, too, belongs.
Source: "Alchi - Buddhas - Göttinnen - Mandalas, Wandmalerei in einem Himalaya Kloster, Roger Goepper [Text], Barbara Lutterbeck und Jaroslav Poncar [Fotos], Du Mont Verlag, 1982.
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|Measurements:||35.4 x 43.3" | 90 x 110 cm|
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