Green Tara Dispensing Boons to Ecstatic Devotees... (Perfection of Wisdom) , early 12th century
Green Tara Dispensing Boons to Ecstatic Devotees: Folio from a Manuscript of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), early 12th century. Tara, a bodhisattva of compassion and protection, is shown dispensing boons to the surrounding devotees, as indicated by her lower hand held in varada mudra. From the tips of her fingers she drips nectar into the mouth of the hungry ghost (preta) who sits below, his belly swollen because of starvation. Unlike the male bodhisattvas in palm-leaf illuminations, she is presented in a dynamic twisting posture that emphasizes the volumes of her body and shows clear connections with the larger pan-Indian goddess traditions.
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'St. Christopher. 1423', 1915. Creator: Unknown
'St. Christopher. 1423', St Christopher (Christ-bearer) carrying Christ across the stream. Legend has it that St Christopher was a 3rd century Canaanite giant whose task was to carry travellers across the water. One day he had to carry a child across the stream, but as he did so the child grew continually heavier until it seemed to Christopher that he was carrying the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. When questioned the child revealed himself as Christ, and as proof ordered Christopher to plant his staff in the ground. The next morning the staff had been miraculously transformed into a fruit-bearing palm tree. The miracle led to many people converting to Christianity, which enraged the local ruler, who had Christopher imprisoned, tortured and finally, beheaded. 1915. From "Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century in the John Rylands Library - Manchester". [The University Press, Longmans, Green & Company and Bernard Quaritch, Manchester, London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, 1915]
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Collar in the form of a vulture, ensuring the wearer of protection by the goddess Nekhbet
Collar in the form of a vulture, ensuring the wearer of protection by the goddess Nekhbet. From Tomb 55. The inscriptions on the mummy were erased and the identity of the deceased is disputed. Some scholars argue that it may be that of Akhenaten, moved from his tomb at Amarna by his son Tutankhamun. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty. Place of Origin: Thebes, Valley of the Kings. Material: Gold. Size: w = 27 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ The Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 42.
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