H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); H. incl. base 19 in. (48.3 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Wt. 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1982
Not on view
Tara is the supreme savior and goddess of mercy in Vajrayana Buddhism, best understood as a female counterpart to a bodhisattva. She stands gracefully, extending her open hand is a gesture of granting boons (varada mudra) to devotees. The lotus in full bloom and her golden face suggest she is understood as Sitatara, (“White Tara”), a female form of Avalokiteshvara Padmapani.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.