Memory, Memento, and Sacred Bond

Votive Plaque with White Tara

  • 85
  • Central Tibet or China
  • 18th century
  • Polychromed clay
  • H. 3 3/4 x W. 3 1/16 x D. 1 1/2 in. (9.5 x 7.3 x 3.8 cm)
  • The John and Berthe Ford Collection

This votive plaque features an image of the Tibetan Buddhist goddess White Tara, an embodiment of infinite compassion. She has extra eyes at the center of her forehead and on the palms of her hands and feet that symbolize her alertness to the suffering of all other sentient beings. With these seven eyes she observes all the pain, suffering, and illness of the Seven Worlds so that she is able to aid those in need. The deity's oval-shaped face and the elongated petals of her lotus throne suggest an eighteenth-century or slightly later date.

PHOTO CREDIT: © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

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