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Tara

Period:
Pala dynasty
Date:
12th century
Culture:
India (Bihar)
Medium:
Bronze with silver inlay
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.346
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238
This female bodhisattva holds her hands in dharmachakramudra (gesture of exposition). The stem of a flower would have supported her identifying attribute, now lost. She is likely Prajnaparamita, the wisdom goddess, whose identifier is a manuscript.
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