Wandered into the Tsagaadarium Art Gallery and Museum, located just a stone’s throw from my hovel in Zaisan Tolgoi. The art gallery was featuring a show by Well-known Ulaanbaatar Artist Soyolma. I have also mentioned her works on display at the Pearl Art Galley a few years ago, and I have visited her Studio on several occasions.
A new painting by Soyolma on display at the Tsagaandarium
Detail of Painting. This would appear to be a stylistic rendering of Tara. The Third Eye in her forehead is indicative of White Tara. White Tara also has eyes in the palms of her hands; her palms are not on view here. Her jewelry is reminiscent of both Zanabazar’s White Tara on display at the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum and Green Tara. Her breasts, however, more closely resemble those of Green Tara, who is usually displayed as a mature woman. White Tara is usually portrayed as an adolescent girl with small breasts. Bosoms aside, Tara is not usually portrayed in a reclining position.
A bathykolpian Green Tara on display at the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum
White Tara at the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. Note the jewelry and the small, firm breasts.
Another Tara by Soyolma, done in a much different style, at the Tsagaandarium (this name means, by the way, the Place of the White Tara). This would also appear to be a composite of White Tara and Green Tara. She has Green Tara-like mammaries, but is holding a lotus in her right hand like White Tara. White Tara also by tradition has a eye in the palm of her outstretched left hand. Here she is holding instead an enigmatic figure of a young woman. Also, White Tara is usually portrayed sitting in a full lotus postion; Green Tara usually has one leg hanging down. The figure in this painting seems to be sitting in a rather loose half lotus position halfway between the postures of traditional White and Green Taras. Thus she would seem to be indicative of both.