The Twenty-one Tara

Tibetan
17th–18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

47.8 x 31.9 cm (18 13/16 x 12 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1615

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.

Green Tara sits in a relaxed pose holding a vase in her right hand and the stem of a blue (?) lotus in her left. She is bejeweled as a bodhisattva and wears a crown of flowers and jewels. Surrounding her are twenty other Taras, each holding a vase and lotus stem. Each Tara accomplishes a different activity that aids the practitioner on his quest for enlightenment.

Provenance

1920, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1920, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 7, 1920)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection