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Sarnath: Tara, 5th Century A.D. Calcutta, Indian Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Sarnath: Tara, 5th Century A.D. Calcutta, Indian Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gupta Period;Sarnath Architect;stone sculpture;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Many beautiful Brahmanic images were made in the Gupta period often competing with the Buddhist creations in refinement but always on a level of mutual respect, Again the lovely female figure gave the sculptors their best subject, The goddess Tara is shown here: the most highly revered of the saktis (female consorts to the gods) and of a dual personality like Siva's wife, Uma, Tara's husband was Avalokitesvara, he who is endowed with complete illumination, a Dhyani Bodhisattva who decided to stay on earth to save mankind, He is also called Padmapani, the male counterpart to Sri, the lotus goddess, and in this personification Avalokitesvara (Padmapani) holds a pink lotus in his hand whenever represented in sculpture, Tara, it is said, was born of Avalokitesvara's tears and thereby represents mercy, In our slide, Tara's most frequent gesture is being given the spectator: the 'granting of gifts' gesture often used by the Buddhas,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-908


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