Green Tara (Khadiravani)

  • Somvanshi Dynasty
  • 7th-8th Century
  • Ratangiri,Odisha
  • Sculpter
  • Khandolite
  • 2017.3745
  • 177x85x24 cm
  • Bihar museum,Patna,Bihar,India

Sculpture of Green Tara (Khadiravani) is a beautiful masterpiece of early medieval Indian art. It made on Khandolite stone and highly decorated. Goddess sits in ardhparyankasana attitude. Her right hand is in varada mudra (boon pose) and left hand engaged with full bloomed lotus. Miniature stupas, figures of flying gods and other disciples are appeared on carved stella. Goddess is attended by her two consorts Ashokanta and Ekajati. Sculpture originally belongs to Ratanagiri, Odisha.

Sculpture is associated with the Somvanshi dynasty of Odisha (7th-8th century) and revealed from the historical site of Ratangiri, Odisha. Lallitagiri-Ratangiri-Udayagiri sites are popular as the golden triangle and was a great center of Tantric Buddhism and artistic activities during the early medieval period. These sites were contemporary of Nalanda in Bihar. Huge ranges of Buddhist sculptures revealed from the excavations. 

South Asia: India 700-800 century

Naseem Aktar, Patna museum catalogue, Stone sculptures and other antiquities, Directorate of museums, Patna, Bihar,2001 

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