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Bodhisattwa White Tara (Dolkar) - embroidered Thangka
MAIP 11340
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Bodhisattva White Tara is an image applicated and embroidered with gold thread on silk, and decorated with pearls. Only two rare embroidered Thangkas can be found in the rich museum collections of Mongolian Buddhist art. This one is a better example. Here, White Tara is presented on the lotus flower, sitting in the “diamond position”, with crossed legs, and wearing rich decorated robes and jewelry. In front of the Bodhisattva is a bowl filled with symbolic objects, which are sacrificed for senses: instrument for sound, fruit for taste, fragrance for smell, silky shawl for the touch, and a mirror for eyesight.

History of the Object
Acquired from Jan Petschl in 1988. He bought it in Mongolia. There are no exact data about the earlier history of the object.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
silk, gold thread, freshwater pearls, application, embroidery 
Measurements
Width 32 cm Height 43,5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Used in the function of Thangka - Buddhist sacred image. 
Acquisition
Acquired from Jan Petschl in 1988. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Poland 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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