The Twenty-one Tara
Object Place: Tibet
47.8 x 31.9 cm (18 13/16 x 12 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper on cotton
Not On View
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.
1920, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1920, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 7, 1920)
Denman Waldo Ross Collection