White Tara
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Tibet's White Tara On View Now

Tibet's White Tara is on display now at the CMA as part of the museum’s centennial year celebration through Sun, Nov 6!

This generous loan from the Asia Society, New York is a silver sculpture of an enlightened being of Tibetan Buddhism, embodied in the form of a radiant goddess.

Silver—a material used only rarely in Tibetan sculpture—offsets the gold and semiprecious stones that adorn her form, described as white in the visions of accomplished Buddhist patriarchs. She models perfect yoga practice, as seen in her cross-legged posture, and her hand gestures indicate that she beneficently gives the gift of teachings that guide followers to join her in the bliss of enlightenment. Sherman Lee, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1958 to 1983, advised John D. Rockefeller, a native of Cleveland, to make this exceptional purchase. Lent by the Asia Society of New York, this sculpture joins Cleveland’s celebrated devotional painting of her counterpart Green Tara in the Himalayan gallery, 239.


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Christopher Moore

The Cleveland Museum of Art

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