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Tara, the Buddhist Savior

Period:
Thakuri–Early Malla periods
Date:
12th–early 13th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Gilt-copper alloy with color and gold paint
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.220.1
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.
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