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White Tara
15th century
Gilt bronze
H: 13 cm
Bequest of Alan Flacks, Monte Carlo
Accession number: B88.0046
White Tara is one of the most popular female Tantric deities and is associated with compassion, long life, and healing. She is said to be as white and radiant as the moon, and is usually depicted holding a lotus flower. In China she became known as Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy.

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir