Tibet, 18th century
A Buddhist goddess, Tara is the female counterpoint of Avalokiteshvara, constituted by light rays of compassion which emanate from this god. Like him, she is said to protect the devotee from the eight great physical perils, including fire, floods and the attacks from predatory animals and bandits.
Seated in a graceful “royal ease” posture on a double lotus, she holds in each hand a lotus. According to popular legend, Tara was born out of a lotus germinated from the tears of Avalokitesvara as he lamented the world’s sufferings. Her right hand exhibits the gesture of charity (varada)
(Seen at the Museum of Fine Arts - St. Petersburg, FL)