Tara with Long Life Crane – Faith Stone
White Tara is the goddess of wisdom and compassion. She is the female Buddha and is invoked for long life. She is known as the “mother of liberation”. Here, she is attended by a crane which, is also a symbol of long life. Tara, whose name means star, is the BodhiSattva of Compassion. In Tibetan she is known as Dolma, she who saves or ferries across. She is said to protect her followers from fear and remove obstacles in one’s endeavors. Her mantra is: Om Tare Tutare Ture Swaha.
I painstakingly carved a mokuhanga woodblock and then hand-rubbed onto mulberry paper using a bamboo baren. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese wood carving and printing technique. It is labor-intensive with hand-carving and hand-rubbing the prints using watercolor inks. This is an original woodblock, not a digital reproduction.
Size: 22″ x 28″ (56×72 cm).