Coincidentally, I see someone else has posted something similar today...
I have an interest in Buddhism though I remain agnostic at the moment rather than considering myself Buddhist. I've read fairly widely about it over the years and currently often listen to Ajahn Brahm's talks online (not Mahayana or Vajrayana I know), and also have a lot of respect for the Dalai Lama. Due to my interest a relative gave me a piece of Buddhist art as a present, and I am wondering what exactly it depicts.
It looks like the Buddha, but is more elaborate than usual depictions, with a complicated headdress and jewelry etc. Having looked online a little, I wonder, as the features are quite delicate, if it is in fact a depiction of Tara, or if not could it perhaps be the Buddha Maitreya?
It was bought in a market in Afghanistan.
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