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Asian Art

Buddhist Goddess Tara

late 9th–10th century c.e.

Argillite

27 3/4 × 15 × 5 1/2 in. (70.5 × 38.1 × 13.97 cm) base+object: 29 × 13 1/2 × 6 in. (73.66 × 34.29 × 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.
Geography: 
Made in Nepal
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Nepalese, Nepali
Period: 
Thakuri (transitional) period (879–1200)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

James and Marilyn Alsdorf; Sotheby's New York, 21 March 2002 sale Number 45; Michael and Georgia de Havenon, New York; gift in 2015 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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.