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Contemporary Thangka:  Green Tara
Tara is the most prominent and popular of the female bodhisattvas of Tibetan Buddhism. Although she is represented in twenty-one different forms, White Tara and Green Tara are the most popular. She is closely associated with Avalokitesvara and is often said to have been born from his tears. Tara has a great range of attributes. She is the manifestation of wisdom and insight in addition to curing disease and overcoming all manner of obstacles. Green Tara is usually represented as here, seated with her left leg extended below her right and holding the blue flowers of the water lily in both arms.

This thangka is unmounted and suitable for framing behind glass. Including the border it measures 20.5" by 26".

As our name implies, Himalayan Antiques specializes in dealing in antiques from the region, but in the course of our annual buying trips to Asia we have become friendly with one of the leading dealers of new thangka paintings, who is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. This family employs a number of the most skillful artists in the field, and we always purchase several new thangkas to meet requests from our customers.

These thangkas have received such favorable feedback that this year we decided to purchase many more. We looked over hundreds of contemporary thangkas to make our selection of just a few dozen. The range of qualities is extensive and we purchased thangkas in several price ranges. The very best thangka painters work almost exclusively on consignment and they are often booked years in advance. The least talented painters churn out large numbers of small and simple thangkas to be sold to tourists for a few dollars each. In between these extremes is a wide range of qualities and levels of artistry. Better artists are usually given larger canvases with more detailed and complex designs and are allowed more of the costly 24k gold to work with. Their works can cost well over a thousand dollars and take over a year to produce. Our purchases are between these extremes, and we price our thangkas based on their cost to us. Over the next few weeks we will be offering thangkas in several different price ranges, from moderately economical to moderately expensive.

Similar paintings by the same artist are available of: White Tara and Four-Armed Avalokitesvara (Chenrezi). Photos available upon request. Price is the same.



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