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Green Tara

18th century

Object Place: Tibet

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, silk dust cover, wood dowel, brass knobs, and leather corner tabs

Not On View





Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders

Green Tara sits on a blue/green lotus in a pose of ease (lalitasana), her right hand in varada mudra holding a lotus and her left hand in abhaya mudra holding a lotus. Adorned with Bodhisattva ornaments and clothing, she has an image of Shakyamuni Buddha in her headdress. She is surrounded by rays of gold light and a foliate aureole with green gems, which is in turn surrounded by red and pink lotuses. Above her is a stylized sky with clouds, sun, and moon. Below her on a brocade-covered rock are offerings of fruit, a conch with water, mirror, scarf, and two begging bowls. Also below are flaming jewels, stylized rocks with waterfalls and foliage, small birds, and tiny deer.


On reverse, in Tibetan, "Om, Ah, Hum" on the back of the main figure.


1992, George and Verena Rybicki, Lexington, MA; 1992, gift of Rybichi to the MFA in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan. (Accession Date: May 26, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of George and Verena Rybicki, in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan