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Alchi Tara [2]

Wall Painting in Alchi Monastery - Ladakh

Full  View Detail 1 Detail 2 Detail 3: Historic Buddha Shakyamuni Detail 4: Four armed Manifestation of Green Tara Detail 5: Two noble donors Detail 6: //Subsidiary manifestantion of Green Tara Detail 7 Detail 8: Left yellow Ratnasambhava, right blue Akshobhya and right above two attendants blowing fanfare horns Detail 9: Top Garuda, below Amogasiddhi Detail 10: Left two attendants  blowing fanfare horns, center red Amitabha and right white Vairocana Detail 11 Detail 12 Detail 13: Subsidiary Manifestation of Green Tara Detail 14: Stupa of the descent from heaven Detail 15 Detail 16 Detail 17: Five Amitabha Buddhas Detail 18

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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Our Alchi Monastery Thangkas

Measurements: 35.4 x 43.3" | 90 x 110 cm
Price: on request
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Material: Natural Stone Colors
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