The Buddhist deity Tara is the goddess of compassion, who aids devotees in overcoming personal difficulties. The inscription inside her halo is the Buddhist creed, which reads "[Buddha] has revealed the cause of those phenomena which spring from a cause and also [the means of] their cessation. So says the Great Monk."
- Title: Shyama (Green) Tara
- Date: late 9th century
- Medium: Schist
- Dimensions: 37 x 18-3/4 x 8-1/2 in. (94 x 47.6 x 21.6 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number: M.1974.06.S
- Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation
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