Tara, Goddess of Compassion

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Made in Nepal, Asia

Late Thakuri (879-1200) or Early Malla (1200-1769)

c. 11th - 12th century

Gilded copper alloy with precious and semiprecious stones and ritual powder accretions

5 3/8 × 2 1/4 × 1 3/8 inches (13.7 × 5.7 × 3.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Herbert C. Morris, 1969

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This lovely Buddhist statue displays intricately incised floral patterns on her pleated skirt as well as an ornate diadem and coiffure. Her hair falls in ringlets over her shoulders; such delicate curls are similarly found in paintings from the Malla period. Originally she held a lotus in her raised left hand; part of the lotus stem and leaf remains by her elbow and shoulder.