Asian Art

Buddhist Goddess Tara

late 9th–10th century c.e.

Argillite

27 3/4 x 15 x 5 1/2 in. (70.5 x 38.1 x 13.97 cm) base+object: 29 x 13 1/2 x 6 in. (73.66 x 34.29 x 15.24 cm)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, B.A. 1962
2015.16.3
Revered as a protector against both physical and spiritual dangers, Tara, who can take many forms, also served as a focus of meditation in both Nepal and Tibet. She is identified here by the lotus that she holds in her left hand and by her five-pointed crown, which is representative of a type worn in Buddhist ceremonies.
Culture: 
Nepalese, Nepali
Period: 
Transitional Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Michael de Havenon, New York; Sotheby's, New York, March 21, 2002; James and Marilyn Alsdorf.
Sotheby's New York sticker Number 45.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2015,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2015_updated%2012_16_15.pdf (accessed December 1, 2015).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.