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White Tara

18th century

Object Place: Tibet


121 x 73.5 cm (47 5/8 x 28 15/16 in.)

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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.

White Tara stis on a lotus holding the stem of a lotus in her left hand, which is in abhaya mudra. Her right hand is in varada mudra. She has seven eyes: three on her face, and one on each of her hands and feet. She wears a headdress with Shakyamuni on it. She radiates rays of golden light and is surrounded by a golden foliate aureole with flowers and foliage around it. Before her is an offering bowl.


On reverse, in Tibetan, "Om, Ah, Hum" written three times on back of main figure.


1992, George and Verena Rybicki, Lexington, MA; 1992, gift of Rybicki 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