Tara, Goddess of Compassion

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Geography:
Made in Nepal, Asia

Period:
Late Thakuri (879-1200) or Early Malla (1200-1769)

Date:
c. 11th - 12th century

Medium:
Gilded copper alloy with precious and semi-precious stones and ritual powder accretions

Dimensions:
5 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches (13.3 x 5.4 x 2.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1969-291-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Herbert C. Morris, 1969

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Label:
This lovely Buddhist statue displays intricately incised floral patterns on her pleated skirt as well as an ornate diadem and coiffure. Her hair falls in ringlets over her shoulders; such delicate curls are similarly found in paintings from the Malla period. Originally she held a lotus in her raised left hand; part of the lotus stem and leaf remains by her elbow and shoulder.