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Journeys to Divinity

Green Tara

Kurt Behrendt, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, MMA

As Tibetan and Indian monks regularly crisscrossed the Himalayas in the twelfth century, a great exchange of ideas, texts, and devotional works of art began to reshape Tibet’s complex religious landscape. In this talk, Met curator Kurt Behrendt explores the art that emerged from the Buddhist communities on the vast flood plains of the Ganges River. He also discusses how contemporary Tibetan artists continue to weave their creative vision into reality

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations, on view from February 8 to June 8, 2014. 

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

Image above: Green Tara Dispensing Boons to Ecstatic Devotees (detail). Folio from a Manuscript of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom). Bengal, eastern India or Bangladesh. Pala period, early 12th century. Opaque watercolor on palm leaf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift,  2001, (2001.445i)

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