Himalayan Art Resources

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

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 87267)
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 Pacifying Contagion: number 20 from the set of Twenty-one Taras according to the system of Dipamkara Atisha.

"...Tara Pacifying Contagion, red/yellow in colour. The right [hand is in the gesture] of supreme generosity with the palm holding a vase pacifying contagion. The left [hand holds] an utpala [flower]. Seated atop a lotus and moon with the right leg extended and the left drawn up." (Collection of All Methods of Accomplishment. Volume 3, folio 575).

Inscription: 'Homage to Holy Tara Pacifying Contagion!'

Jeff Watt 5-2021


Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage:

"Homage to you, whose two eyes shine brightly
Like the sun and the moon when it’s full.
Tuttārā, with twice-uttered hara,
You pacify the most intractable ills."

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 Pacifying Contagion!

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: ... btsun ma ... sel ... sgrol ma la na mo.

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

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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)