Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity) - (Atisha, 21 Taras)

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 87266)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Female

TBRC: W25346

Interpretation / Description

Tara Removing Suffering: number 19 from the set of Twenty-one Taras according to the system of Dipamkara Atisha.

"...Tara Purifying Suffering, white in colour. The right [hand is in the gesture] of supreme generosity with the palm holding a vase purifying suffering. The left [hand holds] an utpala [flower]. Seated atop a lotus and moon." (Collection of All Methods of Accomplishment. Volume 3, folio 575).

Inscription: 'Homage to Holy Tara Removing Suffering!'

Jeff Watt 5-2021


Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage:

"Homage to you, sovereign of divine hosts,
Served by gods and kiṃnaras.
Your resplendence, an armor of joy,
Pacifies strife and clears away nightmares."

Source Text: 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha: Namastāraikaviṃśati­stotra. Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage (Namastāraikaviṃśati­stotra­guṇa­hitasahita, sgrol ma la phyag ’tshal nyi shu rtsa gcig gis bstod pa phan yon dang bcas pa).

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Homage to Holy Tara Removing Suffering!

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: rje btsun ma sdug bsngal sel ba'i sgrol ma la na mo.

Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (Printed script (Uchen))

Related Items
Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Tara (Miscellaneous Iconography Masterworks)
Buddhist Deity: Tara (Atisha Tradition)
Collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Subject: Tara Set Comparison (Surya & Atisha)
Painting Set: Twenty-One Taras (MFA Boston)