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Prayer stone

Prayer stone

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved stone

  • Museum number:

    IS.42-1968

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Stones such as these, carved either with prayers or deities, are made in Tibet as acts of religious devotion. Tibetan Buddhists believe that by doing so they create religious merit. Stones are piled on the top or at the sides of walls that then become religious monuments in their own right.

Physical description

A prayer stone of dark grey schist carved in low relief with the figure of the Green Tara. The figure is seated with her right hand in varada mudra and her left in vitarka mudra holding a lotus.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved stone

Dimensions

Height: 39 cm, Width: 22 cm

Descriptive line

Prayer stone of dark grey schist carved in low relief with the figure of the Green Tara, Tibet, 19th century

Materials

Schist

Techniques

Carved

Subjects depicted

Deity

Categories

Ceremonial objects; Religion; Buddhism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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