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Seated Tara, the Buddhist Savior

13th–15th century
Copper alloy inlaid with gold and silver
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); W. 3 in. (7.6 cm); D. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
Tara offers boons with her right hand (varada mudra) and holds her left in a gesture of teaching (vitarka mudra). The image is remarkable for its elaborate gold and silver inlays, infusing life into the elaborate garments. Clearly, the patron’s concern was to donate an exquisite image rather than one of larger scale. The figure reflects the earlier north Indian Pala style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1987; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

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