About this object

History of use

For use in a small temple or household.

Cultural context

daily worship.

Iconographic meaning

Tara, goddess of protection, is indicated by forehead urna, jewellery, and lotus flower.

Physical description

Female standing on a lotus base. Head circled by a nimbus of flames. Lotus on shoulder at right is grasped in that hand, which rests on her gracefully swaying hip. Arm on the left bent at elbow, palm out, index finger to thumb. Some signs of wear from worship. Sealed; chiseled vajra design on base plate.