Exhibitions/ Art Object


ca. 7th century
North India (possibly Uttar Pradesh)
Copper alloy
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This elegant, full-bodied figure of a Buddhist saviouress holding a long-stemmed lotus suggests affiliations with Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. The highly modeled jeweled girdle and flowing sashes hanging free of the body point to a seventh-century date, placing her among the earliest representations of Tara known from North India. The closest analogy is a bejeweled Gaja Lakshmi depicted on a copper seal with Brahmi script datable to the sixth or seventh century, excavated near Haridwar, in Uttar Pradesh.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University) ; [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

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