The Rubin

Female deity Tara is popular in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This painting depicts the realm of Tara where she is seated in her palace and surrounded by her twenty one emanations arrayed around her. The famous Praises to Tara address each Tara by her name, emphasizing their individual qualities and requesting blessings. The figures on lotuses directly below the central figure are devotees who aspire to be reborn in her realm. Any practitioner would easily identify with these figures, while reciting the praises to the goddesses.

Geographic Origin
Pigments on cloth, silk brocade
Rubin Museum of Art
F2002.48.1, HAR 65257
Now on View