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The three compositions below belong to a twenty-one painting set depicting the Twenty-one Taras according to the system of Dipamkara Atisha. Only three compositions are currently known from this set of paintings. The style of painting is Khyenri and the set was likely created in the mid to late 16th century based on stylistic comparison with another set of paintings dated to the beginning of the 17th century.
Video: Three Taras
Each composition has a name written in Tibetan below the central figure of Tara. The inscription for #19 is legible with all of the letters intact. For #9 most of the letters are legible. The inscription for painting #20 is the most abraded with only half the letters legible. A tentative identification for this form of Tara was based on comparing the remaining letters of the inscription with a list of names of the Twenty-one Taras along with the colour of the figure.
The three figures of Tara represented here from the set of twenty-one are:
- Tara Displaying the Gesture of the Three Jewels (number #9)
- Tara Removing Suffering (number #19)
- Tara Pacifying Contagion (number #20)
Jeff Watt 3-2021 [updated 5-2021]