This statue represents Paripacaka Tara, the thirteenth image of a group known as the Twenty-One Taras, based on a text called Praises to the Twenty-One Taras in which the Buddhist goddess appears in different peaceful and wrathful forms. The corresponding verse for this image reads as follows:
'Homage to you, Tara, who dwell within a blazing garland that resembles the fire at the end of this world age;
Surrounded by joy, you sit with your right leg extended and left withdrawn, completely destroying all the masses of enemies.'
She is known as ‘Tara who Bestows Maturity’, and this particular iconography seems to follow Atiśa’s tradition.
The Tibetan inscription on the base reads:
(bcu gsum) // rje btsun ma me ltar ’bar ma bar chad bsrung ba’i bum pa b[s]nams pa la na mo//
Thirteen // Homage to Tara who, being ablaze like fire, carries a vase holding back hindrances.'
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