Symbolic Landscape with Green and White Taras, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 96 inches (4 panels, 48 x 24 inches each)


This composition is a composite of different motifs found in Tibetan painting. I conceived of the composition intuitively as I worked, starting with the panel at the left, which depicts the theme of a monkey handing down a fruit to another monkey, which I found in a depiction of the Arhat Nagasena. Then, expanding the landscape to the right, I added a peacock. For the third panel, I added the tiger threatening the peacock. For the fourth panel, I reversed an image of the Mahasiddha Shavaripa so as to have his bow and arrow pointed at the tiger.

Overlooking the whole are the two Taras. The mantra for Green Tara is Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha. The mantra for White Tara is Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jnana Pustim Kuru Svaha.

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