14th century
Asia: Nepal
On View

A savior goddess, Tara is the female counterpart of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Tara is an embodiment of feminine grace and compassion. In both Nepal and Tibet she has enjoyed great popularity. This impressive sculpture is one of the largest and finest metal images of the goddess known.


  • Title: Tara
  • Date: 14th century
  • Medium: Gilt-copper alloy with semiprecious stones and pigment
  • Dimensions: 34 3/4 in x 11 in x 5 1/2 in (88.3 x 27.9 x 14 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1976.05.01.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Treasures from the Himalayas: Sacred Treasures from Tibet, Nepal and Northern India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2003-05-30 to 2003-10-27

In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2014-03-28 to 2014-08-25

Painting and Sculpture from Nepal, Tibet and Northwest India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-09-22 to 1997-06-01
  • Knoke, Christine, Minerva, fig. 17 p. 30
  • Fisher, Robert E., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 11 p. 55
  • Schroeder, Ulrich von, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, no. 99F pp. 340, 366-367
  • McArthur, Meher, Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols, 2002, ill. 1 pp. 46-47
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 2: Art from the Himalayas & China, 2003, no. 54 pp. 18, 20, 88-90, 93
  • McArthur, Meher, The Arts of Asia: A Guide to the Materials, Techniques and Styles, 2005, p. 186
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1345 p;. 396
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