What is the Golden Tara made of?

What is the Golden Tara made of?

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A good example is the Golden Tara, a 9th-10th century statuette of a female deity, made of 21-karat gold, which was found along the banks of the Wawa River in the Municipality of Esperanza, Province of Agusan del Norte in 1917. Cultural objects and artifacts are the best representation of the community’s identity.

Is Golden Tara an artifact?

One of these artifacts is the Golden Tara, also known as the Golden Agusan Image, one of the only deity representations recovered in the Philippines. In the words of UP scholar Dr. Juan Francisco, he described the golden statue as, “One of the most spectacular discoveries in the Philippine archaeological history.

Is Golden Tara a sculpture?

The Golden Tara of Agusan was found by a Manobo woman after a storm swept Agusan Del Sur in July 1917. It is a 21- Karat gold figure and is dated during 850-950 C.E. that weighs 4lbs. It is a sculptural object that portrays a woman in a Buddhist position.

How much is the Golden Tara?

It is solid gold, 21 karats and weighs 2 kilos. I checked the recent spot price of gold online, and the Agusan image is worth about $86,000 if melted down. But it is priceless to Filipinos who take pride in this evidence of a civilization that existed long before Magellan and the Spanish contact in the 16th century.

Where was the Golden Tara found in the Philippines?

The Agusan image (commonly referred to in the Philippines as the Golden Tara in allusion to its supposed, but disputed, identity as an image of a Buddhist Tara) is a 2 kg (4.4 lb), 21-karat gold statuette, found in 1917 on the banks of the Wawa River near Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Mindanao in the Philippines, dating to the 9th–10th centuries.

How big is the Gold Tara of Agusan?

School taught me about the “Golden Tara of Agusan,” that it is not golden; neither is it gilded or gold-plated metal. It is solid gold, 21 karats and weighs 2 kilos.

Where did the Golden Tara statuette come from?

There were many theories as to the origin of the golden statuette (now known as the Golden Tara). There is a belief that it is a Buddhist image belonging to the Indo-Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit (1200’s A.D.), based on the flame-like projection in its ornamented headdress.

What kind of animal is the goddess Tara?

Tara governs the Underworld, the Earth and the Heavens, birth, death and regeneration, love and war, the seasons, all that lives and grows, the Moon cycles – Luna – feminine – creation. Typically Tara is seen as a slender and beautiful woman of white complexion, long golden hair and blue eyes. Her animals are the sow, mare, owl and raven.