<em>Stele Representing Tara</em>, ca. 9th century. Schist, H: 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Martha M. Green, 76.179.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.179.5_bw.jpg)

Stele Representing Tara

Medium: Schist

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 9th century

Dimensions: H: 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)



Accession Number: 76.179.5

Image: 76.179.5_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A dark grey stone stele with rounded top, carved in relief with the figure of Tara seated in lalitasana on a lion headed throne, a diminutive attendant figure sits below her right foot, a lotus flower is by her left shoulder, her head is surrounded by the flame rimmed aureole with a fringe of inscription on the nimbus. Tara is a female bodhisattva, or Buddhist enlightened being. She is the embodiment of compassion and is often worshipped by those seeking protection and long life. Condition: Nose and left side of the face slightly damaged. The figure is set on a wooden base.

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