Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

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Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Orlando098 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:07 pm

Coincidentally, I see someone else has posted something similar today...

Hello

I have an interest in Buddhism though I remain agnostic at the moment rather than considering myself Buddhist. I've read fairly widely about it over the years and currently often listen to Ajahn Brahm's talks online (not Mahayana or Vajrayana I know), and also have a lot of respect for the Dalai Lama. Due to my interest a relative gave me a piece of Buddhist art as a present, and I am wondering what exactly it depicts.

It looks like the Buddha, but is more elaborate than usual depictions, with a complicated headdress and jewelry etc. Having looked online a little, I wonder, as the features are quite delicate, if it is in fact a depiction of Tara, or if not could it perhaps be the Buddha Maitreya?

It was bought in a market in Afghanistan.

Would be interested in anyone's thoughts

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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:19 pm

Bad Links - try again.
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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Grigoris » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:20 pm

The links are not working for me. Anybody else?
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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Orlando098 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:35 pm

Sorry, reposted. They should work now.

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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Grigoris » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:50 pm

I vote Tara. It's a beautiful piece by the way.
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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Orlando098 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:55 pm

Thank you :smile: that was what I thought most likely, but I wanted confirmation from people with more experience in the Mahayana/Vajrayana. Yes, I like it, it's a nice present.

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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by uan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:43 pm

Could be Guan Yin.

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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by dharmagoat » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:10 am

Exquisite. The third eye indicates that it is probably White Tara.

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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Grigoris » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:14 am

uan wrote:Could be Guan Yin.
No way! The style is not Chinese.
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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Adamantine » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:27 am

where is the body?
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Re: Can you tell me who is depicted in this sculpture?

Post by Grigoris » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:05 am

It's a wall hanging not a statue. They do the Tara heads without the bodies. My Greek lama has a set of twenty-one heads which each head having the different ornaments for each Tara.
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