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The Buddhist deity Green Tara
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 1700-1800
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: Overall: H. 42 1/2 in × W. 30 in, H. 108 cm × W. 76.2 cm Image: H. 26 1/2 in × W. 20 1/2 in , H. 67.3 cm × W. 52.1 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B60D43
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Tara's name translates literally as "star," and here a central Green Tara manifests on a stylized lotus surrounded by a constellation of self-similar emanations. Resting on yet another  lotus, her right  leg appears to extend out of the planar world of the painting into our three-dimensional world of experience;s uch depiction is typical for Green Tara, whom  Himalayan Buddhists see as taking  an active role in daily affairs, especially the alleviation of fear.

Green Tara complements White Tara (see B72D44) and is often  mentioned in the same origin myths. According to one origin story, for example, Green Tara was born from Avalokiteshvara's right  eye when the latter surveyed the vast expanse of suffering beings throughout the cosmos; White Tara was born from a tear falling from  his left eye during the same incident.


Label:

Tara's name translates literally as "star," and here a central Green Tara manifests on a stylized lotus surrounded by a constellation of self-similar emanations. Resting on yet another  lotus, her right  leg appears to extend out of the planar world of the painting into our three-dimensional world of experience;s uch depiction is typical for Green Tara, whom  Himalayan Buddhists see as taking  an active role in daily affairs, especially the alleviation of fear.

Green Tara complements White Tara (see B72D44) and is often  mentioned in the same origin myths. According to one origin story, for example, Green Tara was born from Avalokiteshvara's right  eye when the latter surveyed the vast expanse of suffering beings throughout the cosmos; White Tara was born from a tear falling from  his left eye during the same incident.