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Tara, the Buddhist Savior

Malla period
14th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt copper alloy with color, inlaid with semiprecious stones
H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); H. incl. base 26 in. (66 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); D. 5 in. (12/7 cm); Wt. 23 lbs (10.4 kg)
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
Tara, the supreme Buddhist saviouress, grants boons to devotees with her outstretched lower hand delicately clasping a flower bud. A lotus in full bloom adorns her shoulder. She is richly bejeweled, her openwork diadem inset with turquoise and semiprecious stones. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Tara is often presented as the spiritual counterpart to Avalokiteshvara and shares with him a premier role in Tibet as a compassionate protectress. Tara appears in many forms, of which Sitatara, the White Tara, who displays a lotus (padma), was the most popular. It is likely Sitatara who is represented here, the embodiment of perfected wisdom and wish-fulfilling granter of boons.
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For Audio Guide tours and information, visit
Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures of the Metropolitan- Curator's Choice," October 23, 1970–January 3, 1971.

New York. Asia Society. "The Painting and Sculpture of Nepal," September 25, 1975–November 23, 1975.

Seattle Art Museum. "The Painting and Sculpture of Nepal," December 17, 1975–January 25, 1976.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Painting and Sculpture of Nepal," February 17, 1976–April 4, 1976.

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. "From the Land of the Snows: Buddhist Art of Tibet," October 3, 1984–November 15, 1984.

Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Devi: the Great Goddess," March 7, 1999–September 6, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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